Government to supply free anti-AIDS drugs
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ETHIOPIA: Government to supply free anti-AIDS drugs


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JOHANNESBURG, 25 June (PLUSNEWS) - Nearly 200,000 HIV positive Ethiopians will receive free antiretroviral treatment over the next five years, Health Minister Kebede Tadesse has said.

The treatment programme is funded by a US $50 million grant under the President George W Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative to help countries most affected by the epidemic.

Kadebe said US $5 million of the funds would be used to import Neverapine, which, if administered during the first 14 to 16 weeks after birth, reduces the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by up to 50 percent.

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Recent ETHIOPIA Reports
US grants $18 million for HIV/AIDS,  27/Apr/04
New project launched to help HIV/AIDS-affected families,  23/Apr/04
National HIV/AIDS forum launched,  1/Apr/04
Focus on local manufacture of anti-retroviral drugs,  10/Mar/04
Calls for greater youth involvement in anti-AIDS fight,  4/Mar/04
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