Bangladesh will need USD 5.4 billion to recoup losses it suffered from the cyclone Sidr and to develop a long-term disaster risk management program, a final joint government-donor assessment report says. Coordinated by the World Bank, the government and some other donors prepared a damage loss and need assessment report and sent it around to other donor agencies Feb. 18 for comments. In other news, insufficient data, coupled with the lack of a coherent HIV prevention policy, are undermining Bangladesh’s national AIDS program, say health experts. Most Bangladeshis are largely unaware of risk factors warned Prof Nazrul Islam, head of the department of virology at the Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka. (Xinhua, IRIN)

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