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WB steps up global anti-AIDS programme

Money is available, treatment is better and much of the mystery is gone from prevention, treatment and care of AIDS.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2005 09:26 IST

Money is available, treatment is better and much of the mystery is gone from prevention, treatment and care of AIDS.

Yet more people will become infected with the HIV virus and die from the disease itself in 2005 than in any previous year, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

In light of that, the bank announced on the eve of World AIDS Day a strategic plan to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The project intends to strengthen the bank's approach to the disease with no-interest lending, grants, analysis, technical support and advice on AIDS policy for poor and middle-income countries, where the disease is hitting hardest.

Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank's president, said the fight against the disease is hampered because national strategic plans "are for the most part not well-devised with clear priorities."

They are lacking in prevention, care and treatment levels and remain "nowhere near equal to slowing down, or stopping, the virus," Wolfowitz said. "Progress continues to be eroded by pitfalls in management and implementation."

The program will emphasise the "Three Ones" approach of fighting AIDS on an international level: in each country, one national HIV/AIDS authority, one national strategic plan and one system to monitor and evaluate the effort's effectiveness.

"At the heart of our strategy is an urgency to prevent new infections and to provide care and treatment for those who are infected and affected by the epidemic," said Debrework Zewdie, director of the World Bank's HIV/AIDS programme.