HIV/AIDS Drugs To Be Manufactured In Nigeria – UNAIDS

Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director, said on Thursday that four companies will commence
production of anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria.
Camara, who is also the UNAIDS Focal Point for ECOWAS, disclosed in an interview with newsmen in
Abuja. He said the local production of anti-retroviral drugs would enable people access treatment at a
cheaper rate. He added that it will also help those on life treatment, stressing that people live on treatment
for 15 to 30 years.

“We have commenced negotiations with four pharmaceutical companies; the companies have been certified
by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the general manufacturing practices,” he said. The official said
WHO would assist to conduct the prequalification processes, “and as soon as that is concluded they will
commence the production of the anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria’’.

Camara said many West and Central African states would benefit from the production, because nobody is
producing the drugs in this region. He added that beside Nigeria, seven million other people may need the
drugs for treatment from West and Central Africa, which shows that there is good return of investment to
the companies. In related development, Camara said UNAIDS would enter into partnership with
telecommunication companies to ensure that basic information about HIV/AIDS was advertised.
He said this would assist to further increase access to treatment to 101 million people in Nigeria are
targeted. “We want to give more people access to basic information on HIV/AIDS. We want our target to
know how to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV where and how to get HIV/AIDS related
services.So that in the next few years we have more people accessing the services which many result into
many infants born HIV positive mothers and born infants without the disease,” he said.

Accoring to him, “if we do it correctly it will effect on the overall HIV transmission in the country’’. Camara
said: “Things are going in the right direction, more people are on treatment, more people are accessing
preventive measures and new infections are coming down. It is not as speedy as we want it but clearly
things are on the right track.”

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Abalaka court victory at work? I have a strong feeling that this move has something to do with the court ruling on that guy’s drug

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Congratulations to Nigeria. Goodluck is indeed a good luck to nigeria

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Good development ….. I hope this will help reduce corruption in our Health Sector that has prevented thousands of People living with the HIV virus from getting access to he drug would reduce.

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I give this to GEJ

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