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UNICEF launches HIV prevention program in Burma

VOA, 18 May 2005

The United Nations children's agency has launched a new program in Burma to prevent mother-to-child transmissions of HIV and AIDS.

UNICEF says it has established the program in 10 of Burma's largest hospitals. The program includes counseling, treatment and care services to mothers and their newborn children.

The agency says at least 10,000 HIV-positive women become pregnant each year, giving birth to at least three or four thousand children infected with the potentially deadly virus.

Rangoon says more than 300,000 Burmese are HIV-positive.

UNICEF says it spends an average of two million dollars a year on HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs in Burma.



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