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(From The Moscow Times)
The statistics are grim. On average, Russians older than 15 drink half a bottle of vodka a day. Seventy percent of Russian men and about 35 percent of women smoke. The country has one of the fastest-growing rates of HIV infection in the world. Life expectancy for men has dipped below 60 years of age.
Faced with these and other equally troubling numbers, a new NGO recently launched a major campaign to improve Russia's national health.
Backed by a $25 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, the Healthy Russia campaign will appeal directly to the Russian people to change their behavior. The specific aims are to improve mother and infant health, to convince teenagers to make healthier lifestyle choices, and to curb the spread of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
USAID awarded the money …