Myanmar has received a sum of US$ 160 million from the Global Fund to combat HIV/AIDS from 2013 to 2016, according to the Health Planning Department under the Ministry of Health.

The Global Fund has been the main funder for HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar and other foreign organisations have been cooperating with local organisations to combat diseases in the country.

Statistics from Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) show that HIV/AIDS infection rate in Myanmar has dropped from 0.67 percent in 2007 to 0.53 percent in 2012.

There are an estimated 200,000 people living with HIV in Myanmar and the country has the third highest HIV prevalence in the Asia-Pacific region at 0.47 percent, according to UNAIDS.

As part of the country’s National Strategic Plan on AIDS and HIV programme, Myanmar has been cooperating with local and international NGOs to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for over 53,000 patients. Last year, the country provided ARV treatment to 43 percent of over 120,000 patients and expects to cover 85 percent of HIV patients by 2016.

Since 2005, ARV treatment departments have been opened in Waibargi Hospital in Yangon, Mandalay General Hospital and four hospitals at the Myanmar-Thai border. Last year, ARV treatment departments have also been opened in 48 public hospitals in Myanmar.

The new fund for AIDS response is part of a US$ 315 million grant by the Global Fund to combat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria diseases in Myanmar.