South Africa: Our Impact

Today, as the sun rises over the rural villages of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, community members witness what is becoming a common sight. A motorbike speeds by and its driver readily waves; today he does not stop to chat. He is Mtiteto Mfikile and he has work to do. Meanwhile, a village nurse hears the beep of her cell phone and she too gets to work - an SMS message from a nearby laboratory gives her TB smear results of a patient. She can start appropriate treatment now.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — This year, the eyes of the world again turned to South Africa. From the launch of the African Union and the World Conference on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS and the food crisis in the region, 2002 was an exciting and challenging year.

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