Stronger action on AIDS, says the South African leader
South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, announced on World Aids Day, 1 Dec. 2009, that there would be a new policy to address the AIDS crisis in his country. He wants to move on from the political inertia on the issue and show a different direction from his predecessor. Thabo Mbeki had been unwilling to act, resulting in huge numbers of cases of AIDS and about 300 000 premature deaths. President Zuma announced an expansion of treatment and said that all babies under the age of one would receive anti-retroviral drugs.
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