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Cabinet rules that South Africans must be given antiretrovirals

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.357 (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:357
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The South African cabinet announced at the end of last week that it has ordered the health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, to compile a plan for the roll out of anti-retroviral treatment for people with HIV and AIDS.

    The announcement comes after a report drawn up by the Ministries of Health and Finance that shows that the country can afford to make the drugs available and that up to 1.7 million lives could be significantly prolonged by the treatment. Some of the finance and expertise, …

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