God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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How Cheap Drugs From India Fought Against HIV

The court victory again Novartis in India is essential for cheaper drugs available in developing countries.

 

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Do Monthly Bone Drugs Benefit You More Than Weekly MedsIn the mid-1990s in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV and AIDS were decimating the populace. Families, communities and workplaces were torn apart by these crippling and debilitating conditions and there didn’t seem to be any end in sight. At that time, HIV medicine cost a staggering $10,000 per person per year. And that world just seemed to accept that many people were priced out of treatment and there was nothing that could be done about that.

But that wasn’t the prevailing opinion for everyone and so changes were made. In fact, what really made the biggest different was the availability of quality, affordable, generic medicines that were being produced in India. There was a lot of competition between the producers and hardly anyone in India with the condition, and as such, the price dropped enormously. Today it costs around $100 for a year’s treatment.

For the large organisation Médecins Sans Frontières, around…

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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