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1650AIDS in Africa

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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Sep 5, 2000
      "African Leaders to Meet Annan, Discuss Flash Points"
      Reuters (www.reuters.com) (09/05/00); Mseteka, Buchizya
      The presidents of South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe
      will meet with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today
      to discuss war, debt relief, and AIDS in their countries.
      According to analysts, Africa's huge debt load has forced many
      countries to spend more on debt problems than on health issues
      like AIDS. U.N. statistics indicate that Africa needs at least
      $3 billion annually to battle AIDS.

      "AIDS Activists Take South African Government to Court"
      Lancet (www.thelancet.com) (08/26/00) Vol. 356, No. 9231, P. 746;
      Baleta, Adele
      South African AIDS activists plan to take their government to
      court because it refuses to provide HIV-positive pregnant women
      with drugs to help prevent vertical transmission of HIV. The
      Treatment Action Campaign set an August 18 deadline for the
      health department to change its policies on treating pregnant
      women. After no response, legal action is expected. Health
      Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang recently announced that clinics
      will be chosen for research into nevirapine's use in protecting
      newborns from HIV. Antiretroviral drugs are only available in
      South Africa on a trial basis at selected sites. After the big
      AIDS conference in July, activists had hoped that a shift in
      policy would take place. The health department has offered
      several reasons for not providing the drugs, including toxicity
      and their high price.
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