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Britain Gives 38 Million Dollars to Fight Disease in Burma


The British government has given 38 million dollars to a new fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Burma.

Government officials announced today that the money will go to the Three Diseases Fund. The charity was developed to replace the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

That organization pulled out of Burma last year because of travel restrictions on foreign workers.

AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are major causes of death in Burma.

A British government statement says Burma is responsible for at least half of the malaria-related deaths in Asia. It says 12,000 Burmese die of tuberculosis each year, but the Burmese government spends very little on health care.

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