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COSATU hails antiretroviral announcement

9 August 2003

The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes and applauds the historic announcement by the government that a national anti-retroviral programme is to be developed by the end of September. We hope that will swiftly lead to the administration of a nti-retroviral drugs in the public sector to all those people living with Aids.

COSATU pledges that it will do everything in its power to work with government, health professionals and civil society to implement this decision, save lives and build a better healthcare service. We do not underestimate the scale of the challenge we f ace, to treat the five million people who are currently infected, but believe that this is a national emergency requiring a concerted drive by all of us to defeat this epidemic.

We demand that the pharmaceutical companies lower the prices of antiretroviral drugs and speed up the introduction of generic, locally produced drugs, so that the programme is implemented as quickly and economically as possible.

Patrick Craven
Acting COSATU Spokesperson
patrick@cosatu.org.za
082-821-7456 339-4911

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