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.View Full Article
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