Cheap drug can save thousands of babies

Government was yesterday presented with evidence that it could save the lives of thousands of babies cheaply and effectively by giving their HIV positive mothers the drug Nevirapine during labour. The drug could cut the rate of HIV transmission from mother to child by about one third, meaning that only about 7% of babies born to HIV positive women would be infected at birth.

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AIDS patients die while government fails to support established projects

Despite the fact that state hospitals cannot afford to care for those dying of AIDS, government’€™s failure to work with non-governmental organisations is undermining volunteer home-care projects in KwaZulu-Natal. Over the past six months, Sinosizo, a home-based care organisation started by the Catholic Church, has closed its operations in the entire Western Region ‘€“ including Hammarsdale, Shongweni, Inchanga and the inner west.

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