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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Leaders in the Caribbean expect to receive a $100 million grant from the U.S. government to help fight AIDS over the next five years.

Acting U.S. Ambassador in Guyana Karen Williams says the agreement will provide funds to treat people in a dozen countries, including Suriname, the Bahamas and Belize.

The Caribbean has the second highest AIDS infection rate outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Williams said Tuesday that countries can start to request funds next month from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. That is the main U.S. program for international AIDS programs.


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