IRIN PlusNews Reports on Possible Effects of Adopting WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines in Malawi
May 27, 2010
IRIN PlusNews examines the outcomes of a WHO-supported study in Malawi to assess what adopting the new WHO HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines would mean for the country. "According to the feasibility study, [adopting the guidelines would increase] the number of people on treatment ... by about 50 percent, which could double the cost of the national ARV [antiretroviral] programme in terms of additional personnel and equipment, and would probably also mean waiting lists at many clinics," the news service writes. "Bridget Chibwana, acting executive director of the Malawi National AIDS Commission, said finance was among the major hurdles to adopting the guidelines, as well as infrastructure, supply-chain management, and health worker shortages" (5/27).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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