24 May 2006

PNG gets US$15m ADB grant to fight HIV

3:26 pm on 24 May 2006

Papua New Guinea's National Aids Council says an ADB grant will assist with ensuring its HIV AIDS programmes are better coordinated.

The Asian Development Bank has given 15 million US dollars to support the PNG government's programme to control the spread of HIV Aids infection over the next 5 years.

The Council's deputy director, Romanus Pakure, says the National Strategic plan for HIV is aimed at getting more people involved in its prevention and control.

"We're looking at general awareness in all forms of media and of course having to plan for workshops throughout the country and a counselling programme where we train people to become counsellors and also to carry out testing."

Ramonus Pakure says the programme will focus on rural areas in particular, and target workers in private sector operations such as mining and fisheries.