Britain on June 2 pledged USD 11.8 billion to improve health services and systems in developing countries in a bid to combat AIDS. The seven-year commitment announced by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander is in addition to one billion pounds already earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As part of the government’s new strategy, it will work with others to lower the cost of treatment, and increase the coverage of services for injecting drug users. It also aims to help support orphans and vulnerable children, particularly those affected by AIDS, and increase the availability of family planning information and condoms. (AFP)

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