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SOUTH AFRICA: Business a big spender on AIDS

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 10 April (PLUSNEWS) - Business has become a major player in the battle against HIV/AIDS in South Africa, which kills more than 900 people a day, The Economist magazine reported.

Delegates at the nation's first-ever Private-Sector Conference on HIV/AIDS learned that companies are now providing antiretroviral treatment to between 40,000 and 60,000 people, at a cost of about US $800 per person a year, bringing private-sector spending to around $40 million annually.

Leading companies, including Anglo American, De Beers, Standard Bank and Unilever, are setting an example for dozens of large and medium-sized businesses as well as government to follow by becoming more involved in the fight against the pandemic.

The conference, which sought to generate an even greater response from the private sector, was attended by 220 representtativees of medium and large businesses, international donors and government.



Recent SOUTH AFRICA Reports
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Activists lament AIDS and rights abuses on International Women's Day,  8/Mar/06
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More research needed into public sector AIDS impact - Mbeki,  27/Feb/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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