28 May 2011

Concerns raised about cuts in allocation to cope with HIV in Mimika in Papua

8:19 am on 28 May 2011

The Indonesian AIDS Commission's office in Mimika in Papua says the local government has cut its allocation for the HIV/AIDS programme in half.

The Antara news agency reports Erens Meokbun saying 175 thousand US dollars has been granted for training, administration and counselling, but it's only half of the amount allocated in previous years.

HIV/AIDS levels in Papua are the highest in Indonesia and Mimika is one of the worse areas because of the migration flow into the district.

The district's official records show nearly two and a half thousand people infected as of the end of last year.