23 July 2009

Christine's Long Journey

Results from a six-year clinical study show more HIV/AIDS patients in Africa could be treated if funds were switched from expensive laboratory testing to providing more anti-retroviral drugs in local villages.

The study showed that lab tests done to monitor drug progress and side-effects do little to save lives, and that the money would be better spent dispensing the much-needed medication in far away African villages where HIV is taking a deadly toll.

An excellent report from BBC's Tom Gibb here.