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People urged to use free AIDS drugs
Thursday 21 October 2004
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ZAMBIA: People urged to use free AIDS drugs

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JOHANNESBURG, 27 August (PLUSNEWS) - Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has urged people living with HIV/AIDS to make use of anti-AIDS drugs, which are freely available at healthcare sites throughout the country.

Mwanawasa was quoted by a local newspaper, The Times of Zambia, as saying: "The answer does not lie in sitting back with your disease but in presenting your case to authorities ... so that you can get treatment." He noted that antiretroviral treatment would improve their health.

An estimated 10,000 people currently have access to anti-AIDS treatment, but with support from the World Health Organisation, Zambia plans to scale up its AIDS drug provision programme to cater for 100,000 people by 2005.



Recent ZAMBIA Reports
Manufacture of anti-AIDS drugs set to begin,  17/Sep/04
Activists concerned over drug shortages in ARV roll-out,  12/Aug/04
Home-based care projects flourishing,  3/Jun/04
More than half children under five are stunted,  24/May/04
Traditional healers called in to treat HIV/AIDS,  19/May/04
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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