The State News Service, Antara, reports that the provincial government of Bali has budgeted Rp. 800 million (approximately US$ 91,000) to be used in the fiscal year 2003 to support AID/HIV eradication projects.
The figure allocated for this year represent an increase over the US$ 85,000 set aside for the same purpose in last year's budget.
According to Bali's Deputy Governor, Alit Putra, who also serves as the Chairman of Bali Committee for AIDS Eradication, 38% of the funds set aside to fight AIDS will be used for blood screening programs conducted by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).
Recent totals of known AIDS/HIV cases ranked Bali in 6th place nationally in terms of known infections, following Jakarta, Papua, Riau, West Java and East Java.
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