September 20, 2017

World AIDS Day observed in Nay Pyi Taw

Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung visits World AIDS Day commemorative booths.
Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung visits World AIDS Day commemorative booths.

OVER 100,000 Myanmar people living with HIV/AIDS are receiving free antiretroviral therapy thanks to the cooperation of local and foreign partner organisations, said the Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung during a ceremony to mark the World AIDS Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his speech, the minister explained the efforts Myanmar is undertaking to help prevent the spread of HIV and the treatments provided in Myanmar in collaboration with its local and international partners.
Although prevalence rates are decreasing, according to the Myanmar Ministry of Health there are 200,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Myanmar and approximately 15,000 people die of AIDS-related illnesses every year.
UNAIDS Country Director Mr Eamonn Murphy and Investment and Efficiency Adviser Ms Krittayawan Tina Boonto read out messages on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNAIDS.
The union minister presented prizes to winners of essay, painting and cartoon competitions that were held as part of the event, which also included an exhibition aimed at raising awareness.

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