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SOUTH AFRICA: Mbeki and Gates meet on AIDS issues

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 July (PLUSNEWS) - Computer software billionaire Bill Gates met with South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday in the capital, Pretoria, to discuss issues relating to HIV/AIDS.

Mbeki, who has drawn criticism for his sluggish response to the pandemic, admitted that health was one of the "principle challenges" facing South Africa and the continent as a whole, and said he wanted to discuss how Gates could help.

Gates described the country's progress in rolling out anti-AIDS drugs as "disappointingly slow".

The local Business Day newspaper quoted him as saying, "Everyone would like to see more patients on treatment ... in this country a lot of the credit for progress goes to the activists."

Gates said he was willing to share whatever ideas the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organisation, might have on improved HIV prevention, treatment and care.



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