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Free AIDS drugs programme brings hope
Tuesday 7 September 2004
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MALAWI: Free AIDS drugs programme brings hope

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 May (PLUSNEWS) - Malawi launched its first free anti-AIDS drug programme this week, in the hope of reaching tens of thousands of HIV-positive people over the next five years.

Only 6,000 people currently had access to the drugs, out of the 150,000 in need of antiretroviral treatment, said Health Minister Yusuf Mwawa.

The minister was optimistic that the free drugs programme would at last open the doors of hope for the many people in urgent need of treatment.

"Malawi, with its relatively tiny population, has almost as many HIV-infected people as the United States of America and Canada combined," Mwawa was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.



Recent MALAWI Reports
Empowerment of girls key to tackling HIV,  24/Jun/04
Demand for ARVs gives rise to grey market,  20/Aug/03
Mapping out a treatment programme,  15/Jul/03
AIDS drugs on street corners,  30/Jun/03
Property grabbing escalates in wake of AIDS deaths,  29/Nov/02
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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