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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
WHO and SAARC to Collaborate in Public Health Initiatives
Kumar, Sanjay
September 6, 2000
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The World Health Organization (WHO) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have signed an agreement to promote collaboration on such health issues as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS. The signing of the five-year agreement was set to coincide with the 18th meeting of health ministers from the WHO's South-East Asia Region (SEAR). The agreement outlines an understanding for the countries to fight health problems and promote research. Noting that 16 percent of the world's HIV infections are in SEAR, the regional countries asked the WHO to work the World Trade Organization and the pharmaceutical industry to try to further lower the prices of antiretroviral treatments.