Mali puts over 4,000 patients on ART

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A community-based organisation caring for people living with HIV/AIDS in Mali, CESAC, has placed more than 4,000 patients under anti-retroviral therapy (ART), officials told PANA here Monday.
Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) are aimed at reducing the viral load in people living with AIDS and restoring their immune system.
In 2001, when the Malian initiative for access to ARVs started, Bamako had three sites and had only 109 people under ART.
But with the implementation of a free care policy, there are now 49 decentralised treatment sites.
Initially, AZT was the only ARV available, costing about 300,000 cfa, but since access to ARVs was broadened, the treatment is now free In December 2007, Mali put 16,509 patients under ART in various sites across the country, against an initial number of 15,000.
The country is ranked among the most advanced African nations in the area of care for people living with HIV/AIDS.

15 december 2008 11:51:00




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