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Good News on AIDS?

The news on AIDS from Africa is rarely good, and southern Africa usually offers the grimmest tidings. Nonetheless, the feedback from what is being billed as “the most representative HIV/AIDS meeting ever held in” South Africa hints that perhaps things will improve. The meeting,  opened in Pretoria today, and will debate the new HIV/AIDS national strategic plan for 2007-2011, which the AIDS Law Project's Mark Heywood hails as “one of the most far-sighted strategic plans on the globe at the moment.” Plans, however celebrated, are one thing, follow-up another, but surely these developments mark a significant step forward in the one region of the world that cannot afford anything else.