Australia, ADB help Mekong nations combat HIV

Australia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are expanding efforts to combat the spread of HIV in the Greater Mekong Sub-region through prevention programs integrated into infrastructure development projects, particularly road construction.

The bank announced Thursday that a US$6 million technical assistance grant funded by Australia and managed by ADB will fund HIV prevention programs in ADB-supported infrastructure projects during pre-construction, construction and post-construction phases in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam.

The technical assistant will help support the development and dissemination of prevention information, raising awareness of HIV among workers in infrastructure projects, sex workers, road users, and local communities. Condoms will be distributed among the target groups.

Additionally, medical services will be enhanced to provide the target groups with better access to testing and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

By Minh Tuong

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