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Nun praises court ruling that South Africa must give anti-AIDS drug

A southern African bishops' conference official has praised a High Court ruling requiring South Africa to provide an anti-AIDS drug to expectant mothers with HIV.

The Pretoria High Court ruled Dec. 14 that the South African government had to make the drug nevirapine available to women giving birth in public hospitals.

"This is a mammoth step forward for the churches and everyone else who has been working for this," said Oakford Dominican Sister Alison Munro, who heads the AIDS desk at the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference in Pretoria.

Southern African Bishops' Conference