Germany has announced plans to boost programmes aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in developing countries.
According to German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, her country was committed to the Millennium Development Goal of curbing the spread of HIV by 2015 and anti-AIDS programmes were already showing results in several regions.
Germany's Deutsche Welle news service quoted Wieczorek-Zeul as saying: "With treatment, lives are being prolonged, so that children have their parents with them for longer and HIV-positive people can lead longer, fuller lives."
The country is the third largest anti-AIDS donor, after the USA and UK, and currently contributes more than $387 million annually.
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