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UN to continue cooperation with Mongolia in fighting HIV/AIDS: envoy

11-30-2012 22:19 BJT

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN representative Sezin Sinanoglu said Friday that the UN team in Mongolia will continue cooperation with the Mongolian government in fighting HIV/AIDS.

At a press conference held to observe the World AIDS Day, Sinanoglu said significant progress has been made in halting and reducing HIV/AIDS worldwide in recent years.

According to a 2012 AIDS report released by UNAIDS, there has been over 50 percent reduction in the rate of new HIV infections across 25 low- and middle-income countries, and more than half of the countries are in Africa, the region most affected by HIV/AIDS.

However, she noted that countries in East Europe and Central Asia have witnessed increasing numbers of new HIV/AIDS cases and AIDS-related deaths.

Unfortunately, Mongolia, another low-prevalence country, has experienced a similar trend with a significant increase in the cumulative number of HIV/AIDS cases from 11 in 2005 to 121 as of today, she pointed out.

Sinanoglu suggested that the Mongolian government invest more money in HIV/AIDS prevention programs, improve its legal environment in protecting the rights of HIV/AIDS patients, and provide more services for the population with higher risks.

D. Munkhbat, director of the Policy Department of the Mongolian Ministry of Health, said the government will further increase its investment in the HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

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