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VOA Examines HIV Drug Shortages in Zambia, Uganda

August 20, 2013

In two separate articles, VOA News reports on drug shortages in Zambia and Uganda. "The Zambian government is putting in place stringent measures aimed at ensuring a sufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs [ARVs] ..., the second time this year that the more than 500,000 people living with HIV in Zambia have had to cope with what the Ministry of Health calls rationing of the drugs -- a system that some patients here have been contending with for more than a decade," the news service writes in the first article, noting, "Zambia's Ministry of Health admits there is a challenge regarding the stocks of ARVs in the country, which it refers to not as a shortage, but as 'rationing.'" The news service examines the reasons behind the shortages, discusses the "rationing" strategy, and highlights other potential "long-term interventions that Zambia's Ministry of Health wants to achieve" (Chimba, 8/17).

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