Nova Scotia Company Provides 700 Rapid HIV Tests to Kenyan Orphanage
August 18, 2004
Nova Scotia-based MedMira Inc., which markets rapid HIV diagnostic tests, announced Tuesday it recently donated 700 units for use in a Kenyan orphanage. The test kits were delivered mid-July to the orphanage by the nonprofit group Hopes and Dream Team (HDT). "These tests enabled us to determine the number of children infected with HIV, so that we can better manage their future health and life and provide protection for the other children," said Janine Maxwell, an HDT team leader. MedMira's test kits can detect the presence of HIV within three minutes of being administered. The company recently won approval to sell the kits in the United States and China.
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