South Africa May Manufacture AIDS Drugs

South Africa may soon start manufacturing its own antiretroviral drugs to give more people living with HIV a chance to access the life-saving medication, says Parliament’s deputy speaker.

South Africa may soon start manufacturing its own antiretroviral drugs to give more people living with HIV a chance to access the life-saving medication. This was announced by Parliament’s deputy speaker, Nozizwe Madlala- Routledge.

Speaking at the opening of a training session for parliamentarians from east and southern Africa on improving access to antiretrovirals, Madlala-Routledge, expressed concern that, “The high cost of drugs is making it impossible for people to access the drugs.”

She said that many southern African countries depend on donor aid to be able to afford drugs and called for the drugs to be made cheaper. 

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Source: 
Sowetan

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