The aids focus.


In a statement coinciding with World Aids Day, aids agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that efforts for the prevention of AIDS were very important. In addition, it urged the Swiss government and Swiss non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to do more with regard to treatment.

While stating that the combination therapy based on antireroviral drugs could prolong the lives of people with HIV, it added that HIV/Aids could now be treated as a chronic illness. However, it also commented that industrial nations had to do more to ensure that developing countries--where 95 per cent of HIV-positive people live--had access to drags; and that it was not good enough for rich nations to blame a lack of medical infrastructure and qualified personnel in poorer countries as obstacles to treatment getting through.

Walter Fust, director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), said that more had been done in the treatment of Aids in...

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