Jamaica to spend $25 million for HIV
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's government plans to spend Jamaican
$1.2 billion ($25 million) on treating HIV and AIDS patients and educating
the public and health workers about the disease.
The money is to be spent beginning early next year through the next five
Information Minister Colin Campbell announced Monday.
It will help the national HIV/AIDS program treat more patients and provide
training for health workers. Some also would go toward public awareness and
prevention campaigns, Campbell said.
A World Bank loan will provide Jamaican $702 million ($15 million), and
will come from the government and the United Nations global AIDS fund.
As many as 15,000 people in Jamaica, a country of 2.6 million, have HIV
the Ministry of Health reported last week.
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