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Half a million children a year die of AIDS through lack of drugs

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1234
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Over half a million children die from AIDS each year for want of drugs that cost as little as 2p a day, leading campaign groups have said.

    Almost two and a half million children worldwide are infected with HIV, but over 95% of them are not treated for their condition and most will die before their fifth birthday, says the Global Movement for Children.

    “The lack of treatment amounts to a death sentence for millions of children,” said Dean Hirsch, chairman of this coalition of non-governmental organisations, which includes Oxfam and Unicef.

    Mr Hirsch, …

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