Agri Aid

11
Jun

SA takes small steps to fight Aids on farms

South Africa is taking small steps to stop Aids from wreaking havoc on its key farming sector in a nation with one of the world’s heaviest caseloads.

A few NGOs and farmers have launched testing programmes, but the government has no specific policy for the sector that is emerging as one of hardest-hit by the pandemic.

A pioneer project launched in four farms by AgriAids, an organisation that has been testing workers and providing them with free anti-retrovirals, has thrown up startling figures.

In the past two years, 26% of a total of 638 people tested on farms in northern and central South Africa were found to have HIV.

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Mail & Guardian, 11 June 2006, 07:29