In S. Africa, WHO leader sees chance in AIDS fight.
[Jong-Wook] Lee has set an ambitious goal of treating 3 million poor people with antiretroviral medicines by the year 2005; now, just 300,000 patients receive the drugs, two-thirds of them in Latin America. With an estimated 4.5 million people who have the HIV virus, South Africa had steadfastly resisted calls by activists and world leaders to begin more aggressive policies to fight AIDS. But with the government's decision last month to allow the use of antiretroviral drugs, Lee and other international health leaders now see an opportunity in South Africa. (excerpt)