Fiji: SPC Secures Life-Saving Drugs for HIV-Positive People
April 12, 2013
The Public Health Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the Pacific Islands HIV and STI Response Fund, has negotiated access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for Pacific Islanders beginning July 2013.The Response Fund will finance the ARVs with the support of the Australian and New Zealand Aid Programmes and an SPC contribution of US $100,000. According to Dr. Dennie Iniakwala, HIV and STI team leader at SPC, the agreement gives people living with HIV peace of mind as the organization continues working on programs on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). He noted that the agreement allows the organization time to find a longer term and sustained supply of these drugs.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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