Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

International News
India's Delay on Global Fund Grant Caused HIV Drug Shortages, Live Mint Reports

November 26, 2013

India's "health ministry sat on a $187 million international grant offered to the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) for some 18 months, causing drug shortages that left about one million HIV-positive Indians treated under the program without drugs and testing kits for at least five of those months," Live Mint reports. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provided the grant, "has written a 20-page note charging the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and the ministry with endangering the lives of HIV patients across the country through the inaction," according to the news service, which reviewed a copy of the note. In the memo, "the Global Fund said it would not allow civil society to be subjected to service interruptions 'traceable to government decision-making,'" Live Mint writes. The news service ran its story without a "promised" statement from NACO, and the Global Fund "did not respond to questions Mint sent to the agency on November 18," Live Mint notes. The news service summarizes the Global Fund note and includes comments from two activists and an unnamed official (Krishnan, 11/25).

Back to other news for November 2013


This information was reprinted from kff.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.




This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/73312/indias-delay-on-global-fund-grant-caused-hiv-drug-.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.