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SOUTH AFRICA: Poverty thwarting AIDS effort - government
26 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The absence of widespread developmental programmes aimed at eradicating poverty continued to thwart the effort to fight HIV/AIDS, Gauteng province Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Actuarial society says 5.3 million are HIV positive
25 September 2001 (PlusNews ), The Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) said on Friday that 5.3 million South Africans were HIV-positive and that 236,000 had AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Religious leaders and AIDS activists urge government to declare AIDS national emergency
20 September 2001 (PlusNews ), South African religious leaders and AIDS activists appealed to the government on Thursday to declare the HIV pandemic a national emergency and to provide the leadership needed to fight it.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV/AIDS training programme launched for doctors
19 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Medical organisations have created a training programme to help doctors deal with HIV/AIDS more effectively, the SA Medical Association (SAMA) announced this week. The programme was developed by SAMA’s educational division, the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), and the SA HIV Clinicians Society.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prisoners dying of HIV/AIDS increase to 328 percent
18 September 2001 (PlusNews ), A total of 1,101 South African prisoners died of HIV/AIDS in the first seven months of this year - an increase of 328 percent compared with the same period last year, Correctional Services Minister Ben Skosana said on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Report finds that AIDS is the leading cause of death
17 September 2001 (PlusNews ), AIDS is the leading cause of death among South Africans and could claim as many as six million lives in the country by 2010 if preventive measures are not taken, according to an unreleased report by the South African Medical Research Council, the ‘Sunday Times’ reported.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health minister to defend MTCT court challenge
13 September 2001 (PlusNews ), Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang would defend legal action instituted by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) aimed at ensuring state provision of the anti-retroviral drug Nevirapine to pregnant HIV positive women countrywide, Health-e News reported on Wednesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mbeki questions spending on HIV/AIDS
11 September 2001 (PlusNews ), South African President Thabo Mbeki has ordered the government to re-evaluate its social policy spending in light of 1995 data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that states “external causes” such as accidents, homicide and suicide, not HIV/AIDS, make up the leading cause of death in the nation, the Johannesburg newspaper ‘Business Day’ reported on Monday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Company granted license to make generic anti-AIDS medicine
23 July 2001 (PlusNews ), US drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb has licensed a South African laboratory to make cheaper generic copies of two of its anti-AIDS medications for sale in sub-Saharan Africa, SAPA reported on Friday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Youth HIV/AIDS programme to benefit from US $44 milion AIDS pact
23 July 2001 (PlusNews ), South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday that his government is set to sign a US $44 million agreement on AIDS prevention programmes with the American Kaiser Family Foundation, SAPA reported.

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