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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

North to have UNAIDS centre: UNAIDS assures all helps

[b]North to have UNAIDS centre: UNAIDS assures all helps[/b]

By Lakhyajit Gohain - Reporting from Guwahati, Assam

[b]Guwahati, 27 November, ([/b] Expressing serious concern over the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Northeastern states of India, UNAIDS Executive Director Mr Peter Piot said UNAIDS was committed to supporting measures in fighting the disease in the Northeast as the region was surrounded by international border that make it more vulnerable.

Mr Piot, who is also the Under Secretary General of the UN, said that UNAIDS would start soon a regional office at Guwahati.

He was speaking to the North East conclave of elected representatives on HIV/AIDS, which was organized by India’s Parliamentary forum on HIV/AIDS, in Guwahati, the capital city in India’s Northeastern state of Assam recently.

India's Northeast comprises of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura states and Union Territories and has been declared one of the country's high-risk zones. Nearly 100,000 people in this region are infected with HIV.

India has 5.1 million HIV-positive people, next only to South Africa.

Mr Peter Piot has said there was an urgent need to ensure funds and assistance actually reached those who are working at the ground level to prevent the further spread of the deadly disease.

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