Zimbabwe AIDS Activists Say Food Now More Critical than Drugs
September 23, 2008
The National Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS is calling on Zimbabwe's government and central bank to provide food for its 120,000 members through the government's Basic Commodity Supply Side Intervention program. The Ministry of Health said it is trying to increase the supply of antiretrovirals to people with HIV/AIDS. The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition reports that 104,000 Zimbabweans were receiving ARVs in May, up from 58,000 who received them in 2007. But Benjamin Mazzhindu, the network's chairperson, said that while drugs are vital, his group's first priority now is accessing the food needed to keep AIDS patients alive.
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