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Agreement Unlocks Loan for TB and AIDS Treatment in Russia

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Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 170
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.170

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MOSCOW-- After more than 3 years of wrangling and delay, a $150 million loan from the World Bank designed to tackle Russia's burgeoning AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics might at last be on the verge of approval. It has been held up because Russian officials have refused to accept the TB treatment scheme prescribed by Western agencies. But in the past few weeks, negotiators from the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Russian Ministry of Health have apparently settled their differences.