London – Ghana’s President Mahama demand local production of AIDS drugs
This is to ensure a more affordable treatment of people living with AIDS.
An official statement from the Ghanaian Presidency said that he made the call during a high-level meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission in London.
Mahama stated that instead of the costly importation of these much-needed drugs, African nations could, and must, be supported to produce these drugs much more cheaply at home.
He added that many more lives would be saved through this proposal and the fight against HIV and AIDS could be won much more quickly.
President Mahama, who is one of three heads of state serving as Commissioners on the international body, said that the difficulty in accessing drugs was one of the major challenges confronting HIV patients.
He described the situation as a serious negative reflection of a lopsided structure in the production of ARV drugs globally.
Mahama challenged UNAIDS, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other partners in the international community, to provide tangible assistance for building the capacities of local pharmaceutical companies in African countries.
He warned that failure to adopt and support such a scheme could reverse the gains already made in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, especially in affected poor nations.
He noted that in spite of Ghana’s remarkable success over the years in the fight against HIV and AIDS, these gains could be negatively affected if affordability and accessibility continued to be challenges for people living with AIDS.
He stressed his government’s commitment and determination to ensure the consolidation of the gains made so far in defeating AIDS. (PANA/NAN)