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USAID awards $ 2.7m for HIV/AIDS prevention and care program in Pakistan
  ISLAMABAD Feb 20 : The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a grant of US$ 2.7 million to Research Triangle Institute (RTI) of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to implement the "Pakistan HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project."
This three-year project will support the Government of Pakistan's goal of maintaining the currently low HIV prevalence rate through the provision of effective prevention and care activities for at-risk populations in Pakistan. Through this program and others like it, the government and citizens of the United States like former President Clinton are further demonstrating their commitment to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Pakistan is considered to be a low prevalence but high-risk country for HIV/AIDS. The main focus of the new USAID-funded activity will be to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by increasing public awareness on how it is spread and on measures that can be taken to stop its spread.
The project will increase the technical, managerial and financial capacities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community organizations, networks, and other institutions serving high-risk groups.
Besides prevention, this activity will develop model care interventions for people living with HIV and AIDS. Activities will be implemented in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and the NWFP through NGO's with support from local communities. The project aims to reach more than 60,000 people every year. Support will also be provided to the Ministry of Health's National and Provincial AIDS Control Programs to build technical capacity.
The United States, through USAID, is providing more than $1.5 billion in development assistance to Pakistan over the next five years to improve education, health, governance and economic growth. In addition, the United States has pledged a total of $510 million in earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts to assist the people of Pakistan and to support Pakistani government efforts.
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