Zimbabwe Lifts Restrictions on AIDS Drugs
May 29, 2002
Zimbabwe has suspended import restrictions on drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, which claims more than 2,000 lives a week in the southern African nation. The Justice Ministry published notice on Monday clearing the way for an emergency period of six months for imports of cheaper generic AIDS drugs without lengthy testing and registration procedures. A report by the independent Harare-based Child and Law Foundation said as many as 7,000 Zimbabweans were infected with HIV every day, half of them between ages 15 and 24. Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, with an estimated one in four adults infected.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.