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Mozambique: Treatment to Start to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

February 5, 2003

Mozambique will begin providing nevirapine to HIV-infected pregnant women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, the nation's news agency AIM reported recently. The program will start in hospitals in the central cities of Beira and Chimoio this year and will then expand to a hospital in Gaza province. German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has offered nevirapine free to developing countries; until now, however, Mozambique had not been properly equipped to administer the drug. "We think this project should be extended to the entire country," said local UNICEF official Michael Klaus. An estimated 13 percent of Mozambicans are infected with HIV.

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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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