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Zambia Needs $270 Million to Tackle AIDS: Official

December 12, 2002

Zambia needs to spend at least $270 million over the next three years to fight AIDS, which is killing about 200 citizens each day, Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde said. His statement noted that the country needed money to provide free antiretroviral drugs, expand existing programs to reduce infection, and care for AIDS orphans. Zambia has 11 million people. The government estimates that one in five has HIV/AIDS. The pandemic has killed more than 650,000 Zambians since the first case was recorded 18 years ago.

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Reuters Health

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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.
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