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SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS treatment initiative supports farm workers


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JOHANNESBURG, 16 March (PLUSNEWS) - Between 30 percent and 45 percent of South African farm workers are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS, the National African Farmers' Union Summit heard earlier this week.

The Dutch agricultural attaché, Gretha Kostwinder, warned the gathering in the capital, Pretoria, that the high infection rate could have a major effect on the farming sector over the next few years.

According to local newspaper, Business Day, Kostwinder's forecasts were based on the results of Agri-AIDS, an HIV/AIDS awareness project that brings AIDS treatment to rural areas, as farm workers cannot always afford to travel to treatment centres.

At least 1,000 farm workers benefit from the Agri-AIDS treatment programme.

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