HIV Treatment

World Bank MD urges treatment for AIDS    

August is women’€™s month and Health-e spoke to one of South Africa’€™s most celebrated women, Dr Mamphele Ramphele, medical doctor, activist, anthropologist, the first black female vice chancellor of a South African university (University of Cape Town) and now one of four managing directors at the World Bank. She stressed the enormous challenges that confront women, especially in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Women have been at the forefront of the battle to fight poverty and inequality and on National Women’€™s Day on August 9 we once again celebrate the achievements and contribution of South African women.  Dr Mamphele Ramphele was in South Africa recently and says that while women have much to celebrate this month, enormous challenges still remain including the fallout from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She says she hopes government will soon offer anti-retroviral treatment to those who are HIV positive and also to particularly consider HIV positive women who will leave their children orphaned if they do not receive these life-prolonging drugs.

 This  audio is in isiXhosa and English.

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Thandeka Teyise