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More funding to combat HIV/AIDS

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More funds will be allocated by the Union Ministry of Health to combat HIV/ AIDS in India. The Union Health Ministry in India has recently proposed about more funding for anti-HIV/AIDS programmes to a record Rs 11,585 crore, which will be supported by the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other agencies. The funds are to be spent over the next five years for prevention, care, support and treatment of the disease. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), the nodel agency for spreading awareness, doing research and good work in the area of HIV/ AIDS will administer the spending under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) III. The programme is scheduled to start from April 1, 2007. The programme has received an in-principle approval from the Planning Commission. The World Bank will fund about three-fourth of the programme. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNAIDS, ILO, Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, USAID and World Food Programme will be providing support too. India is home to 5.3 million HIV/ AIDS positive people.

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