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While You Were Sleeping

An African AIDS Aid Chronology

September 2000

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

May 12, 1999
  • Bristol-Myers announces five-year donation of $100 million to fight AIDS in Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa.

April 4, 2000

  • Pfizer offers free fluconazole to South Africans with AIDS suffering from cryptococcal meningitis.

May 11

  • Five pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers, Merck, Glaxo and Roche) offer steep cuts (up to 80%-90%) in price of AIDS drugs for Africa.

June 16

  • Doctors Without Borders/MSF releases report of country drug price differentials.

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July 7

  • "Bristol-Myers Finds Pledging AIDS Aid Is Easier Than Giving It" (Wall Street Journal headline)

    "Mr. Baralengwa soon learned that the gift came with many strings attached. . . . A close look at Bristol-Myers's project shows the pitfalls that ensue when a big-pocketed foreign corporation, well-meaning but with little or no experience in Africa, brings its money and management style to Africa's AIDS epidemic."

July 8

  • Boehringer Ingelheim announces it will give nevirapine to Africa free for 5 years for use in blocking vertical transmission of HIV from infected pregnant women to their unborn children.

  • World Bank officials say they will make available $500 million in the form of 40-year loans to African countries setting up national AIDS programs.

July 9

  • "Africans Fear Costs of Free AIDS Drug" (Washington Post headline)

    "At roughly $4 a dose, nevirapine is within the budget of many developing countries. However, those who might find its cost a burden are likely to be those without sufficient clinical laboratories and other medical infrastructure to make full use of the offer to get it free."

July 10

  • Merck and Gates Foundation will provide Botswana $100 million over five years to fight AIDS.

  • Abbott Labs plans charitable program for Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Romania and India.

  • "Southern African Governments Criticize Motives"

    Health Ministers from the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) lash out at drug companies for making drug offers public without first informing governments.

July 17

  • The South African-based Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) announces it will take legal action against Pfizer to seek compulsory license to allow South African companies to produce cheaper copies of fluconazole. The group also announced plans to import the drug from other countries where it is less costly.

July 18

  • U.S. offers African nations $1 billion a year in loans to finance the purchase of AIDS drugs.

August 21

  • South African nations (to date, South Africa and Namibia) reject U.S. loan offer to buy AIDS drugs, politely explaining that the last thing they need at this time is more debt.

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Treatment Action Group. It is a part of the publication TAGline.
 
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