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Australia ups ante on AIDS and poverty

Australia has upped its poverty and HIV/AIDS assistance to Africa by US $50 million over the next five years.

According to the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bruce Billson, the funds are expected to help reduce poverty, improve health and food security, and tackle communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, in seven countries.

"[Our] aim is to save lives in Africa, give communities hope for the future and create opportunities for meaningful economic and social development," the Australian Associated Press quoted Billson as saying.

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