The World Bank pioneered global HIV and AIDS financing early in the emergency and remains committed to achieving Millennium Development Goal 6, to halt by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS, through prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation services for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
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WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved US$213 million to support the Government of Tanzania’s efforts to rehabilitate roads and bring HIV/AIDS and road... Show More + safety services to people along the Dar es Salaam Corridor. “Well-functioning access to the maritime ports of Tanzania and Mozambique is essential for trade movement and economic prosperity, especially for the landlocked countries in the region (Zambia, Malawi and the DRC),” said World Bank Director of Strategy, Operations and Regional Integration in the Africa Region, Colin Bruce. “This project will improve intra trade among the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, but will also smooth the way for increased global competitiveness, market integration and poverty reduction for the countries in the region.” The new financing package consists of a US$210 million credit and US$3 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA)*, the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest c Show Less -
Vienna/Washington, July 21, 2010 — HIV prevalence in India and South Asia is growing among sex workers, injecting drug users, and other marginalized groups largely because of a widespread failure to prevent... Show More + stigma and discrimination toward people living with AIDS, or at high risk of contracting the virus, according to a new report launched today at the global AIDS summit in Vienna, Austria.The new report by the World Bank and the International Centre for Research on Women―Tackling HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in South Asia―says that despite prevention and other efforts to reduce high-risk behaviors such as unprotected sex, buying and selling of sex, and injecting drug use, HIV vulnerability and risk remain high. Stigmatizing attitudes in the general population and discriminatory treatment by health providers and local officials, among others, intensify the marginalization of vulnerable groups at highest risk, driving them further from the reach of health services and desperate Show Less -
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 — The World Bank today appointed internationally renowned AIDS expert Dr. David Wilson as its new Global HIV/AIDS Program Director, reaffirming its commitment to support effective... Show More + long-term prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation programs in developing countries.“David brings extraordinary knowledge and experience to this vital role, and we are very pleased that he is taking on this post at such a critical juncture,” said World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “With just five years left for countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we must ramp up our efforts to prevent new infections, deliver life-saving AIDS drugs, and strengthen national health systems.” Wilson, a Zimbabwean national, has published widely on AIDS, developed HIV prevention programs that have been cited as international best practices by the World Health Organization, and advised numerous national governments and international agencies. Since joining the Show Less -
IBRD Loan: US$67 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 30 years; Grace = 5 yearsProject ID: P113540 Project Description: The project will increase prevention, care and treatment... Show More + services for groups most at risk of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the country, and support the Government’s efforts to improve health program performance through improved governance, decentralization and results-based management. The Government has invested heavily in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other STDs, targeting groups most at risk, and offering antiretroviral treatment – free of charge – to all identified patients who qualify for it. However, Brazil is witnessing changes in the epidemic’s profile and is seeking to fine tune its policy. In recent years, the epidemic has been spreading to women, poorer groups, and towards the interior of the country. Show Less -
The objective of the project is to enable the Government of Nepal to increase access to essential health care services and their utilization by the underserved and the poor.Health indicationsNepal’s health... Show More + sector has seen impressive progress in the past few years. Infant mortality declined from 79 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1991-94 to 48 deaths in 2001-2005. An even more impressive decline was observed in under-five mortality, which declined by 48% from 118 to 61 deaths per 1,000 live births over the same period.A recent survey (NFHP 2009) confirmed that the declining trends in mortality rates continue; both infant and under-five mortality have further declined to 41 and 50 per 1000 live births respectively in 2004-2008. Several of Nepal’s immunization and nutrition programs are also performing very well. Between 1996 and 2006, full immunization coverage rose from 43%to 83%.However, not all segments of the society equally benefit from the progress. “Inequality in health outcomes, Show Less -
March 9, 2010—As soon as she discovered she had tuberculosis (TB), Maria Stepanova made preparations for her own death. She wept inconsolably and bought herself a pretty outfit to wear in her... Show More + coffin. As a sanitation worker scrubbing floors at a tuberculosis dispensary, she knew first-hand the heavy toll exacted by the disease in Russia. Russia’s TB mortality rate is among the highest in Europe. In Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia where Stepanova lives, almost one in three TB infections is fatal.“I knew how it all finishes. I was surrounded by death,” she says three years later.When a World Bank team visited Novosibirsk as part of project supervision, Stepanova, a chirpy 46-year old carefully attired against the autumn chill, was alive and well. Her first grandchild had been born recently, she had resumed her hospital work and she was confident that the rigorous anti-TB treatment she followed had rid her body of the debilitating disease.Spurred by a TB and HIV/AIDS Contro Show Less -