Philippines Congress To Fight HIV/AIDS
ThePhilippines Congress has allocated 750 million pesos, or about $18 million, inthe 2008 national budget to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, Rep. EdcelLagman, who chairs the House appropriations committee, said Tuesday, the Inquirer reports. The Department of Health will receive 600 million pesos, or about $15 million, to prevent andtreat TB and 150 million pesos, or about $4 million, for HIV/AIDS control,Lagman said.
Approximately 200 million pesos, or $5 million, from the health department's TBallocation will be used to treat the disease among public school teachers andother school staff who have TB (Ager, Inquirer, 1/29). ThePhilippine Department of Education and the health department inOctober reported that almost 2,000 public school teachers in the country werediagnosed with TB during the first half of 2007 (GlobalHealthReporting.org, 10/31/07).
TB is sixth on the list of diseases that kill the largest number of people inthe Philippines,according to health department data. Lagman said that although the number ofpeople living with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines is relatively low when comparedwith other countries, data from the United Nations2007 AIDS Epidemic Update showed that the number has more than doubled since 2001 (Inquirer,1/29).
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