Treating AIDS in Africa Undermined by Lack of Funds

Karen Atuhire, soon after she began treatment on anti-retroviral drugs.

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NPR's Brenda Wilson reports on efforts in Uganda to provide medications to people with HIV or AIDS. Just a couple of years ago, federal officials said that Africans wouldn't be able to follow the strict regimens required to make the drugs work. But experience is showing that not only can the regimen be simplified, Africans are more scrupulous about staying on the drug schedule than Americans. In fact, Wilson reports it's become clear that the challenge in treating AIDS in Africa is not culture, education or a complicated regimen; it's money.

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