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Malawi, Zimbabwe May Struggle to Implement WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines

July 12, 2010

Inter Press Service examines the growing concern among HIV/AIDS advocates that the Malawian government's adoption of the WHO's updated HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines will lead to a decrease in the number of HIV-positive patients with access to free treatment. Malawi "has been procuring the first line of the HIV course of therapy ... at about 33 dollars but the new drugs will cost the government 100 dollars per month for every person, according to [Mary Shawa,] Principal Secretary for HIV and AIDS in the office of the president and cabinet," the news service writes. "Currently the Malawi government provides free anti-retroviral drugs to about 250,000 people. There are up to one million people living with HIV and the HIV prevalence rate is at 12 percent, according to the Ministry of Health," IPS adds (Ngozo, 7/10).

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