Asian Development Bank To Improve HIV/AIDS Services In Papua New Guinea

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The Asian Development Bank's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Rural Development Enclaves Projecthas partnered with two private companies in Papua New Guinea to improveHIV/AIDS treatment, primary health care and prevention facilities inthe country, ADB announced Tuesday, Xinhua/People's Daily reports (Xinhua/People's Daily,8/14). According to ADB's Papua New Guinea Country Director Steven vander Tak, the companies are Ramu Sugar and Highlands Kainantu. HigaturuOil Palms, Oil Search and Porgera Joint Venture already are involved inthe project, according to van der Tak (ABD release, 8/14).

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ADB'sprevention and control program focuses on rural communities locatednear development enclaves that are considered to be high-risk for thespread of HIV, including plantations, mines and fishing companies. Theprogram aims to strengthen government leadership and the implementationof strategies to contain the spread of HIV among rural populations, Xinhua/People's Daily reports (Xinhua/People's Daily, 8/14).

According to an ABD release, the program will be funded by a $15 million grant from the Asian Development Fundand $3 million from the Papua New Guinea government. The project isestimated to cost about $25 million. The Australian and New Zealandgovernments also are providing $3.5 million each for the enclavesproject.

According to the release, the program also will funda nationwide social marketing campaign to promote condom use. Thecampaign will include theatrical events, cartoons, mobile video units,clothing with slogans and print media advertising (ADB release, 8/14).
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