Kenya Health Ministry to Spend Millions for AIDS Treatment Next Year
April 7, 2008
On Sunday, Kenya's Health Ministry announced it would spend millions of dollars to expand access to HIV/AIDS treatment next year. About 190,000 patients are currently receiving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), and the number increases monthly by about 5,000 new patients.
"The cost of treating 190,000 patients for one year is 3.42 billion shillings [U.S. $55.5 million] and this is anticipated to rise to 3.8 billion shillings [U.S. $61.4 million] next year to cater for 250,000 clients," the government said. Treatment costs will be covered by the government; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and foreign charities and foundations, said the ministry.
Since 1984, when Kenya's first AIDS case was diagnosed, the disease has killed at least 1.5 million residents and undermined decades of health care gains. Less than a quarter of the estimated 4.6 million patients in Africa who need ARVs receive them.
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