United Nations: The rate of new HIV infections in India has dropped by an encouraging 57 percent over the last decade as the country scaled up services.
    
According to a new UN report, incidence of new HIV infections has fallen by half across 25 countries. Four countries including India, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Thailand that account for a large number of people living with HIV has witnessed a drop in the numbers of new HIV infections by more than 50 percent.

"Exceptional leadership is coming from the world's fastest-growing and emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Together, they contribute to more than half of all domestic spending on AIDS in low and middle-income countries. Their momentum is unparalleled, having increased domestic public spending by more than 122 percent between 2006 and 2011" the report said.

China currently invests more than 80 percent domestically, and announced the country will fully fund its AIDS response in the coming years.
    
India has committed to increase domestic funding to more than 90 percent in its next phase of the AIDS response.

"These fast growing economies have the potential to support others, as well as exert leadership and influence on the AIDS response, both locally and globally" the report added.

(Agencies)

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