Malian company to spend 5 billion CFA francs to fight AIDS in 2011

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The People's Pharmacy of Mali (PPM), a state-owned company under the Malian Ministry of Health, will spend over 5.1 billion CFA francs on anti-retrovirals (ARVs) and 320 million CFA francs on reagents this year as part of the fight against AIDS, PANA learnt Wednesday from the company.

It also plans to spend 1.490 billion CFA francs on tests for the disease.

PANA recalled that last year, ARVs drugs worth 700 million CFA francs were provided for on the national budget, with a view to avoiding running out of stock, while waiting for the final negotiations with the Global Fund to Fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.  

The government, other partners, including the African Development Bank, voted about one billion CFA francs, while the Clinton Foundation, through UNITAID, paid 481 million CFA francs to assist in the provision of ARVs.

In 2010, PPM distributed across the Malian territory and in management sites drugs worth about 11 billion CFA francs, including 2.4 billion CFA francs ARV products, products against opportunistic infections and HIV testing reagents, whose prevalence rate in Mali is 1.3 per cent against 1.7 per cent three years ago.
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16 mars 2011 14:46:22

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