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US praises India's effort in fighting HIV/AIDS
December 01, 2007 10:50 IST
The United States has praised India's effort in fighting HIV/AIDS and said it is privileged to work with the country in running various programmes successfully.
"The United Nations has revised the numbers downward in India by about half. There are some very successful programmes in India and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] has significantly increased resources for the HIV/AIDS. The US government was a privileged partner with India in their fight," US global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul said at White House press conference on World AIDS Day.
The US government has been running various programmes in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, he added.
"In Tamil Nadu, actually, we have seen a significant decline in HIV infection. But it is less than we thought because better evaluation was done," the US official said.
The White House has said that the administration will be putting additional money and resources to combat the deadly disease and President George W Bush [Images] will visit sub Saharan Africa in this regard.
"There is a need here in America, but there is also a need in other countries, including Africa, Latin American and Asia. One of the things the President talks about is that it is in our national security interests to make sure that nations aren't completely destabilised by an infection that we know we can help prevent -- or at least we can help people be able to live healthy and productive lives," White House press secretary Dana Perino said.