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Friday, 21 December 2001
The 12th international conference on aids and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa opened in Burkina Faso, with 6,000 delegates discussing ways to improve access to drug treatment and other issues. The Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that 28.1 million of the 40 million HIV/AIDS patients around the world live in sub-Saharan Africa. At the conference the UN announced that 10 African countries had signed agreements with pharmaceutical companies to purchase AIDS anti-retroviral drugs at an 85% discount. The 10 countries are Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda.
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