Australia ups anti-AIDS funding for Asia-Pacific

Australia announced it will add A$400 million ($353 million) to its budget to combat AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. “What we’ve done with HIV/AIDS is first of all focus very much on addressing the issue in the Asia-Pacific region,” Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in an interview with Nine Network television. “We’ve provided A$600 million to address HIV/AIDS; today we’re increasing that to a billion dollars,” Downer continued. The minister is expected to disclose details of the new pledge during the Fourth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, which will be held in Sydney from July 23 to 25.

Source: Australia To Spend Another A$400 Mln To Fight AIDS In Asia (AP)

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