UN to promote condom use in Belize?

The United Nations (UN) is likely to promote the use of condoms as it looks to tackle the growing problem of HIV in Belize.

Its UN Development Programme (UNDP) is looking to treat and prevent the disease among teenagers and young adults across the Central American country - which was once a British colony - the Jamaica Observer reports.

Jeffrey O'Malley, director of the HIV/Aids Group in the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy, said: "Scaling up treatment isn't just a moral imperative, it's a practical possibility, even in poor countries."

The UNDP's efforts will see it manage the $3.1 million (£1.9 million) grant from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, with Francisco Roquette, UNDP assistant resident representative in Belize, describing the pairing of the Global Fund and the UNDP as the best of both worlds.

"It's a perfect combination of very global knowledge with very concrete understanding of the challenges," he added.