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Audit report criticises India's slow progress on AIDS

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:252
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    An Indian government audit has said that the national AIDS control programme has achieved only limited success because of slow implementation, unachieved targets, and ineffective public education.

    In a report presented to the Indian parliament last week, India's comptroller and auditor general said that various activities under the programme could not be conducted efficiently for lack of infrastructure, drugs, equipment, and human resources.

    The report, which examined the programme's activities between 1999 and 2003, has listed among the deficiencies misconceptions about HIV transmission, a shortfall in the training of doctors, nurses, and technicians, and the failure of marketing of condoms. It said targeted intervention, viewed as the most effective strategy to …

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