Flagship HIV/AIDS project launched in Myanmar

YANGON (Xinhua) – Myanmar has launched an HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) project to be implemented in five regions and states with the highest rate of HIV infection, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported yesterday.

With a fund of US$10 million and backed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the two-year project 2018-19 covers Kachin and Shan states and Sagaing, Yangon and Mandalay regions.

The project aims to beef up HIV prevention, testing and treatment services by utilizing non-governmental organisations and private sector health providers for the high-risk population – people with HIV, drug addicts, sex workers and transgender people.

The funding from the UHF project will enable partner organisations to develop new outreach and adherence strategies, including social media outreach, common elements treatment approach, mental health counselling and research on transgender people, the report said.