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Friday, May 7, 1999 Published at 02:45 GMT 03:45 UK

World: Africa

AIDS programme for southern Africa

The United Nations has announced a one-hundred-million dollars programme to address the growing AIDS crisis in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The programme is sponsored by a major American pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb.

A UN official said it will provide care and support for women and children with HIV or AIDS, expand medical research in the region, and help improve community education.

Correspondents say the initiative comes amid criticism from governments in Africa that pharmaceutical companies charge too much for their AIDS drugs. A government survey in South Africa earlier this year found that one in every eight adult South Africans was infected with the HIV virus which can lead to AIDS.

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