IRIN/PlusNews Examines TB, HIV Drug Shortages in Zambia
March 15, 2011
IRIN/PlusNews reports on the severe HIV and tuberculosis drug stock-outs and rationing that has occurred in Zambia, which lost its funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria late last year. Lynn Tamba, TB program officer at the Christian Health Association of Zambia, which provides treatment for both HIV/AIDS and TB, said the shortages are a "crisis," and noted that her organization had exhausted its sources for the medicines two months into the stock-out. According to IRIN/PlusNews, stock-outs eased early this year, but at least 14 deaths have been directly linked to TB drug shortages, according to information from the Treatment Action Literacy Campaign. The article examines how partner organizations in the country are now working together since the corruption was exposed and the health ministry has been excluded from a consortium of partners that procures HIV and TB drugs (3/14).
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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