South Africa

South Africa's new heath minister has promised to increase the availability of treatment for HIV and Aids, speaking at a rally to mark World AIDS Day. Barbara Hogan cited the case of an eight-year-old boy battling AIDS-related TB and meningitis who died while on a waiting list for drugs. She said the government should have done more to save Thando's life. The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Johannesburg says it is a long way from Thabo Mbeki's time as president. A recent medical study blamed him for the death of 330,000 people, after he questioned whether expensive anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs actually worked. BBC)

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