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World first for SA: All-access for blockbuster TB drug

July 13, 2000       News  

South Africa made history on Monday when the health department announced that all drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients will be eligible to receive the new medicine, bedaquiline, becoming the first country to do so.

MRC receives R100-m boost

July 13, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

DURBAN – The Medical Research Council of South Africa has received more than R100 million over five years to establish two new research units for the study of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and vaccines.

More work before Health Department considers Nevirapine

July 13, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

DURBAN – The South African Department of Health yesterday (wed) said it was “very pleased” with the results announced on Tuesday by researchers working on the South African Intrapartum Nevirapine Trials (SAINT) which showed a significant reduction in mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Putting faces to the epidemic

July 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The AIDS epidemic has been given a face with the launch on the “Positive Lives” exhibition at the AIDS 2000 conference on Monday Night at the Durban Art Gallery. The exhibition features photos of HIV positive people from around the world in images which challenge the fear and prejudice that surround HIV.

Cheap drug can save thousands of babies

July 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

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 […]

Mbeki under pressure from scientists

July 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

One of the world’s top scientists, Professor David Ho, yesterday begged President Mbeki “not to let your legacy be defined by inactivity on this human catastrophe” of HIV/AIDS. The president’s inability to clearly state his views on the disease has led many delegates to assume that he has been won over by AIDS “dissidents” who […]

Activists disrupt WHO presentation

July 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

DURBAN – The French wing of the international AIDS activist group, Act UP, disrupted conference proceedings yesterday (tues) when they sounded a horn, blew whistles and chanted slogans during a presentation by the director of the World Health Organisation, Gro Brundtland.

Activists disrupt WHO presentation

July 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

DURBAN – The French wing of the international AIDS activist group, Act UP, disrupted conference proceedings yesterday (tues) when they sounded a horn, blew whistles and chanted slogans during a presentation by the director of the World Health Organisation, Gro Brundtland.