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Zimbabwe says the proportion of HIV positive adults has fallen from a third to a fifth

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 29 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:720
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Zimbabwe's health minister tells Pat Sidley that drugs should be excluded from the international sanctions affecting his country

    Zimbabwe has a similar sized epidemic to that of its neighbour Botswana but is facing the additional problem of sanctions. Its deputy minister of health and child welfare, Edwin Muguti, claims that despite being “squeezed” by the international community the country has an antiretroviral programme up and running.

    The HIV and AIDS statistics are dogged by under-reporting in many African countries, Dr Muguti says, and in addition most countries have poor laboratory facilities, a low awareness of the epidemic, and inadequate access to health facilities.

    To monitor its epidemic Zimbabwe uses antenatal clinics, producing a …

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