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Germany funds HIV/AIDS project in Myanmar

(Kyodo) _ Germany will provide $870,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund for HIV/AIDS prevention program in Myanmar, UNICEF said in a statement released in Yangon late Friday.

The German fund will support UNICEF's work with local nongovernmental organizations, in providing life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention education programs for out-of-school youth in Myanmar, the statement said.

Myanmar currently has about 330,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and the prevalence rate among people aged 15 to 49 years is estimated at 1.2 percent, it said.

The UNICEF program, focusing on youths aged 10-17, will operate in townships that are particularly affected by HIV/AIDS and where youths who are not attending school do not normally have access to alternative learning opportunities, the statement said.



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