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Key Medical Aid Group Cuts Funds To Burma

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The United Nations Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria says it is cutting funding to Burma because of new government travel restrictions on its workers.

The Global Fund also complains of government reviews of procurement of medical and other supplies Friday's action affects nearly 36-million dollars in medical funds over the next two years.

Fund officials say they regret the decision to cut the money, but can not do their work if they can not properly supervise aid programs.

News reports say Burma has hundreds of thousands of people infected with HIV/AIDS, one of the highest tuberculosis infection rates in the world, and thousands of deaths each year from malaria.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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