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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is to adopt Brazil's HIV/AIDS programme as a model for its new global strategy against the pandemic, incoming WHO director general Jong Wook Lee said this week in Geneva after meeting with Brazilian Health Minister Humberto Costa.

Brazil, despite social and economic problems, offers free treatment for the disease to all patients. The country has managed to reduce the proliferation of the disease, making WHO reconsider future projections on the number of infected people in the region.

Brazil's programme to combat HIV/AIDS is already being adopted in more than 30 developing countries, including Kenya and South Africa, where governments receive medicine donated by Brazil.

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