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Neo-liberalism holds back the fight against Aids

Issue No. 1979

Five million more people were infected with Aids last year, taking the number of people with the disease to over 40 million, the UNAIDS organisation reported last week. The United Nations drive to get anti-retroviral drugs to poorer countries has fallen short because of failings by politicians and the drug companies.

“In South Africa and in countless other countries, we have been working for over a decade to ensure HIV treatment access,” said Zackie Achmat, founder of South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign.

“Millions have died because of lack of access to drugs, and millions more will die if we do not achieve universal access by 2010.”

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Sat 3 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1979
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