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Are African governments allocating sufficient resources to fight AIDS?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1351
  1. Patrice Matchaba, Senior research scientist (
  1. Cochrane Centre, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerburg 7505, Cape Town, South Africa

EDITOR—The editorial by Wilkinson et al addresses the important question of programmes to prevent perinatal transmission of HIV in Africa.1 The authors highlight the prohibitive cost of zidovudine and suggest that placebo controlled trials should be revived.

Since the prevalence of HIV infection among pregnant women is above 30% in some parts of South Africa (A Smith, HIV-AIDS update symposium, Durban, Natal, South Africa, January 1999), AIDS is now the biggest threat to African society. …

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