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17 Nov 2009 description

Burma is set to receive hundreds of millions of pounds from the Global Fund to tackle AIDS, TB and malaria.

At its conference in Ethiopia last week, the Global Fund agreed to provide approximately US$ 111 million from 2011 to 2013 and up to US$ 288 million over five years to fight these killer diseases.

The news is a massive boost for an estimated 238,000 Burmese people living with HIV - one of the highest infection rates in Asia - and for a country where thousands die each year from TB and malaria.

The Global Fund announcement comes after a successful proposal from a variety of …