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News for the Week of March 15, 1999
March 15, 1999
AIDS Prevention Program Begins in Mongolia
MSF has started a new AIDS prevention program in Mongolia. Concerned with the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in neighboring China and Russia, the health authorities in Mongolia have invited MSF to help developing an effective AIDS prevention strategy. The program in Mongolia will draw largely on the experience of MSF's work on HIV/AIDS prevention in Russia. A Russian partner organization will join MSF in setting up an HIV/AIDS information center in the capital, Ulan Bator, and training staff in pre- and post-HIV test counseling. Mongolian health care personnel will also be trained in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The campaign will serve as a model for other Mongolian efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. The team in Mongolia will be made up of Russian Docctors Without Borders staff members who developed the prevention project in Russia.
Fighting Continues in Kosovo
MSF mobile teams in the Yugoslavian province of Kosovo have stepped up efforts to provide emergency medical aid to victims of the current escalation of fighting. In the first half of March, mobile clinics were held Rznic, Maznik, Gramacel, and Junik refugee village outside of Pec; in Cermjian, Batusha, Zhabell, and Randobravo near Prizren; and in Klodernica, Resnik, and Dubovc near Pristina. Hygiene and baby supplies, as well as children's clothing were distributed in villages around Pec. Two truckloads of plastic sheeting, children's clothing, blankets, soap, jerrycans, wood-burning stoves, and food were distributed in the villages of Galice, Strovc, and Likovc near Pristina. Medical supplies and drugs have been distributed to clinics and hospitals throughout Kosovo. Tensions remain high throughout Kosovo and people frightened by the increased military presence in some of the villages around Pristina have sought safety in other villages or towns. Most had time to collect adequate clothing and bedding before leaving, but they are still in need of food and medical care.