South Africa: Nation Becomes a Victim of Its ARV Treatment Success
August 30, 2010
The prospect of South Africa meeting its target of providing antiretroviral treatment to 80 percent of those who need it by 2011 is being threatened by a lack of funds. Nearly 1 million South Africans are receiving ARVs through the government, and that number is supposed to triple in the next decade.
In December 2009, the U.S. government said it would provide South Africa with an extra $120 million "in direct response to a request from President Jacob Zuma" to "procure ARVs that will help ensure that there are adequate stocks on hand to meet the growing demand for ARVs in South Africa." At the time, South Africa had been experiencing ARV shortages, most notably in the Free State.
Inter Press Service
08.23.2010; Kerry Cullinan
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