U.S. embassy donates HIV/AIDS equipment to VMA

U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby on Thursday visited the Military Medical Academy (VMA) in Belgrade, the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

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Kirby announced "a donation worth USD 90,000 in support of HIV/AIDS prevention, consisting of supplies for primary prevention activities, training material for Serbian military medical personnel, rapid STD tests and other items intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the Serbian Armed Forces."

"This donation is part of the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), a global initiative whereby the U.S. Government works with armed forces worldwide to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and boost prevention, care and treatment capacities," the statement said.

It added that the Program was launched in Serbia in 2006 and that the Serbian Ministry of Defense and the Military Medical Academy have received over USD 900,000 in donations from the U.S. Department of Defense since then.

"U.S. assistance focuses on developing laboratory capacity to conduct HIV testing and diagnosis, training for healthcare professionals and purchasing equipment and supplies needed for primary prevention activities. This donation reaffirms the U.S. embassy’s and Department of Defense’s commitment to support the medical and public health needs of the Serbian Armed Forces and Serbian society as a whole," the embassy said.

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