Japan has pledged 2.6 million dollars to the UN Children's Fund-UNICEF to help Burma combat HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
The Japanese embassy in Rangoon announced the grant today. The money will pay for kits to test children for HIV infections and malaria, and medicine to treat malaria, measles and other diseases.
UNICEF and Japanese diplomats say the grant is intended to help Burmese mothers and youth, especially in rural areas.
Japan is the largest foreign donor of assistance to military-ruled Burma. Tokyo suspended aid grants after Burma's generals seized power in 1988, but later resumed support for health and humanitarian projects.