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S Africa unveils AIDS spending

14th March 2007

The South African government has announced a spending plan to combat AIDs which aims to have up to a million people on anti-retroviral drugs by 2011, officials said.


Part of the country's five-year HIV/AIDS strategy launched last year, the US$3 billion plan aims to bring life-saving anti-retroviral therapy to one million people; which is also the number of South Africans currently living with HIV.

It will also seek to halve new infections from 400,000 in 2005. HIV/AIDs is thought to kill around 1,000 people a day in South Africa.

Health analysts and AIDS activists have hailed South Africa's aggressive new approach to its AIDS crisis, which has long been dogged by political controversy and accusations of government footdragging.

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