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Germany to provide Euro 700,000 for HIV prevention in Myanmar

YANGON, May 5 (Reuters) - German Government today agreed to provide 700,000 Euro (US$ 870,000) in support of UNICEF’s work with local NGO’s in providing life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention education programmes for out-of-school youth in Myanmar, the UNICEF announced in a Statement here today.

The Statement said that UNICEF’s programme will operate in 20 townships that are particularly affected by HIV/AIDS, and where out-of-school youth do not normally have access to alternative learning opportunities.

There are approximately 330,000 people living HIV/AIDS in Myanmar and the prevalence rate among the people 15 to 49 years age is estimated to be 1.2 percent, according to the Statement.

11 year old Lwin Moe is one of the participants of the UNICEF project in a village on the outskirts of Yangon. He dropped out of school in the first grade when his parents divorced.  Ever since, he has been living with his paternal aunt and not been able to go back to school. He says he wants to be a football star like his favourite David Beckham.



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