Malawi to Provide HIV-Positive Civil Servants With Additional $35 Monthly, Health Minister Says
January 8, 2008
Malawi plans to provide HIV-positive civil servants in the country with an additional $35 monthly in an effort to improve their nutrition, Health Minister Marjorie Ngaunje said on Monday, Reuters South Africa reports (Reuters South Africa, 1/7). According to Mary Shaba, Malawi's principal secretary for HIV/AIDS and nutrition, the $35 is not extra pay but a "workplace program for nutritional support for people to respond to treatment quickly." Shaba added that the original idea for the program was to help HIV-positive civil servants buy antiretroviral drugs. However, because the country began providing access to no-cost antiretrovirals in 2004, HIV-positive civil servants "now need nutritional support," she said (AFP/Yahoo! News, 1/8).
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