Zimbabwe's HIV-positive educators will receive free antiretroviral medications under a new network formed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), Xinhua News Agency/The Herald reports.

On average, the country's teachers make a monthly salary of about 12,000 Zimbabwean dollars, while their month-long medication regimen can cost an average of 225,000 dollars. The network will provide members with access to free drugs and programs that review existing HIV/AIDS workplace programs and policies.

In 2002, UNESCO projected that Zimbabwe will lose about 55,000 teachers to HIV/AIDS by 2010.