COTE D’IVOIRE: HIV/Aids Drugs Crisis

As Côte d’Ivoire’s political stalemate drags on, NGOs are becoming increasingly concerned about its effect on the supply of life-prolonging antiretroviral medicines.
The street protests, blockades and other problems have disrupted the supply of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in different areas; patients in Abobo District on the northern side of Abidjan were only able to buy drugs up to the end of January.
The last shortage of ARVs in Côte d’Ivoire was in 2005. People living with HIV/AIDS were hit by a three-month break in supplies.
Antiretroviral therapy was made free of charge by the Ivoirian government in August 2008. In 2010, an estimated 104,000 Ivoirians were on ARVs, largely due to funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief and other international organizations fighting HIV/AIDS.

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