Zambia Aims to Have 12,000 Children on AIDS Drugs by Year's End
May 19, 2008
Zambia first began distributing antiretrovirals (ARVs) to HIV-positive children in 2007; at present, the drugs are reaching only 7,000 of the 15,000 to 20,000 who need them. On May 12, Health Minister Brian Chituwo was quoted by Radio Zambia as saying plans call for having 12,000 children on the drugs by the end of 2008. In addition, the Ministry of Health plans to increase the total number of Zambians on ARVs from 120,000 currently to 200,000. An estimated 1.2 million Zambians are HIV-positive, and AIDS is the nation's second-biggest killer disease after malaria.
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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.