Zambia to Benefit from AIDS Testing Kits From Swiss Company

Upon returning from a conference of African first ladies on HIV/AIDS in Geneva, Zambian first lady Maureen Mwanawasa told reporters on Monday that Swiss company Boehringer Ingelheim had offered to give 15 African countries an undisclosed quantity of free antiretrovirals and 8,000 boxes of HIV test kits. The kits would be used to test pregnant women before placing those who are infected on antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. The offer of free testing kits followed concerns raised by the first ladies at their meeting that many of their countries cannot afford to buy the test kits even if they were offered free antiretroviral medicines.

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