In this Wednesday, June 27, 2001, file photo the then South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, speaks to the media, during a news conference at Merck and Company, in West Point, Pa. (AP Photo/William Thomas Cain, File)
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A decade ago, South Africa was in crisis, struggling with AIDS and widespread criticism of the president at the time for a policy blamed for the early deaths of several hundred thousand South Africans from the disease.AIDS was the most significant cause in a drop in South African life expectancy to 52 in 2005, down from around 60 years in 1990 .Today, South Africa says its antiretroviral treatment program is the largest in the world; more than 6.4 million people in South Africa live with HIV, according to 2014 data.Some groups, however, sought to donate medication for South African patients with AIDS, and drug prices also dropped.
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