Feb 9, 2011

Cote D'Ivoire: Political Unrest Leads to Unsteady Supply of Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) Drugs


The distribution of Anti-Retroviral drugs to different regions of Cote D’Ivorie is disrupted because of political unrest. Delays in drug delivery could lead to drug resistance. Due to political instability, funding sources for anti-retroviral drugs from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and The World Bank have become more conservative in their giving and/or discontinued their commitment to give funds. HIV positive people who depend on these ARV drugs are anxious and frustrated because of the negative effect that the political unrest and withdrawal of funding has had on their previous consistent supply of drugs. We at LfM understand the importance of the timely distribution of ARV drugs to HIV positive people and the importance of governmental support in maintaining this supply. However, governments must do more to prevent primary infections of HIV as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies in women of reproductive age who are already HIV positive. We at LfM vigorously focus on these two areas knowing that the continued distribution of ARVs is unsustainable. Click here to read full article: http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?Reportid=91834

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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