Lome, Togo (PANA) - Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé Wednesday called for the production of anti-retroviral drugs in Africa to make the life-saving medicines against AIDS accessible to patients and boost the medicines manufacturing sector on the continent.
Speaking at the 16th UEMOA Summit in Lome, Togo, Mr. Sidibe said it was time for the continent to negotiate strong partnerships with emerging countries, including India and Brazil, to support the local production of ARVs in Africa.
According to him, Africa accounts for only 1 per cent of the medicine manufacturing sector that is expected to generate as much as US$1 trillion by 2015.
Nine million People Living With AIDS (PLWAs) should receive ARVs, while only less than six million have access to these drugs, Mr Sidibé said.
He said almost 9O per cent of patients use medicines produced in India.
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