US To Support UNHCR HIV/AIDS Programs In Ethiopia

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesannounced recently that the U.S. has pledged about $982,000 to supportthe agency's HIV/AIDS programs in refugee camps in Ethiopia, the Daily Monitor/ reports. The funding will be provided under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,according to a UNHCR statement. Ethiopia currently hosts more than86,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan in seven camps.According to the statement, UNHCR is working to protect and support therefugees while it assists the Ethiopian government in rebuilding itsinfrastructure, as well as the areas in and surrounding the refugeecamps.

UNHCR is "grateful for the continuous support of thegovernment and people of the U.S. in favor of refugee care andprotection worldwide," UNHCR's Addis Ababa-based regional liaisonrepresentative said in the statement, adding that the "contribution isyet another expression of their commitment to support UNHCR'shumanitarian activities in this part of the world." UNHCR programs inBotswana, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia also have received PEPFAR funding,according to the statement (Daily Monitor/, 9/10).

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