Shortages rock world’s biggest HIV treatment programme

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More than 34 million people globally are suffering from the disease with South Africa having the highest number of people infected with HIV in the world.

Shortages rock world’s biggest HIV treatment programme


JOHANNESBURG, 29 November 2013 (IRIN) - The world's largest antiretroviral (ARV) programme is in crisis. One in five health facilities in South Africa reported a stock-out of antiretroviral (ARV) or tuberculosis (TB) medication in the past three months, putting the lives of many patients in jeopardy, according to activists. 

The stakes are dangerously high: over 2.4 million people are receiving ARVs at public sector facilities, while the TB programme treats over 300,000 people every year...


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