Record Number of Africans Get AIDS Drugs: UNAIDS Chief
July 10, 2012
At the end of 2011, 6.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were receiving antiretroviral treatment, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said Thursday. This is an increase of 1.1 million over 2010, and it means that 56 percent of Africans in need of the drugs have access to them. "Ten years ago, nobody would have imagined that such a result would be possible," he said. Sidibe worries, however, that the continent remains heavily dependent on international aid to treat its patients. "With the exception of South Africa, 80 percent of Africans with HIV have access to drugs via funding from outside Africa," he said. "This is not sustainable. It's even dangerous." Funding from donor nations fell by 13 percent between 2009 and 2010. Also an issue is the fact that Africa is 80 percent dependent on India for its drugs. At the African Union summit this month in Addis Ababa, Sidibe plans to call for the creation of an African Medicines Regulatory Agency that would encourage local production and certify the drugs, a response to the growing problem of fake or sub-quality pills being sold in Africa.
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HIV Drug Coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Improve but Not Sustainable, UNAIDS' Sidibe Says
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