Cairo—In rural Tugela Ferry, South Africa, Tony Moll, MD, sees a terrifying wave about to crash on a not-so-distant shore.
What began several years ago as a trickle of patients with HIV/AIDS has become a deluge. In a district of 250,000 people who are predominantly impoverished and unemployed, Moll said one third of the reproductive-age population is HIV infected. "We expect 50,000 to 70,000 patients [with HIV/AIDS] in the next few years." For Moll and nine other physicians who care for patients at the three-bed Church of Scotland Hospital, the prospect is overwhelming.
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