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Zimbabwe: Children Crossing Borders in Search of HIV Treatment

September 2, 2010

A quiet migration of HIV-positive children in need of antiretroviral treatment is underway in Zimbabwe. A growing number of families in rural areas are taking their children into Botswana and South Africa in hope of accessing free ARV therapy.

According to some faith-based organizations, the migration is due to long waiting lists for ARVs in Zimbabwe. Though the government offers free treatment, a rigorous vetting process has led to a backlog of patients needing therapy. Of the roughly 160,000 Zimbabwean children with HIV, just one in 16 have access to lifesaving medicines, a UN report found.

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Comment by: albert (geluksdaal springs.PTA) Mon., Oct. 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm EDT
everyone wth hiv or aids is intitled to the rite medication.
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