In rural Zimbabwe, 53-year-old Rosemary Mapingurei receives life-saving antiretroviral drugs free of cost at the Dumbo district health centre, a few hours’ drive from Harare. In fact, Rosemary has been coming to the clinic for years and has successfully switched from first line to second line antiretroviral therapy.
Stories like this are heartening to note on World AIDS Day. They are part of a broader narrative in which access to HIV treatment has become the norm in many countries. More than 18 million people now receive HIV treatment worldwide, up from barely 200,000 at the turn of the millennium.