Recession, distraction undermine AIDS drug effort in Africa

05/10/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Though the number of people taking AIDS medication in Uganda has doubled in the past decade, the global economic crisis has undermined donor support for the fight against AIDS -- while some philanthropists have gone on to support cheaper, more successful efforts against other diseases. Uganda clinics have begun turning away people who have relied on AIDS medication, while Nigeria and Swaziland have reported drug shortages and Tanzania and Botswana are cutting services. In Uganda, some 500,000 require treatment and just 200,000 receive medication -- but each year 110,000 more people are infected.

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