Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has started importing duty-free life-prolonging drugs for AIDS sufferers, President Negaso Gidada announced Sunday.
Referring to a recent demonstration by HIV-infected Ethiopians to demand life-prolonging drugs, Gidada, also chairman of the National Anti-Aids Council, said he supported the demand.
Addressing the council, the president said the government intends to manufacture the drugs locally but its needs support.
He did not specify the type of support needed.
Meanwhile, the Takur Ambessa (Black Lion) Hospital in Addis Ababa has, in collaboration with the John Hopkins University in the United States, launched a two-year research project that would help control the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
It is believed a similar research had positive results in Uganda.
The research will be conducted in Addis Ababa and it will involve 2,000 HIV-infected mothers.