View Full Version : (NYSATIMES) Bingu says quarter of a million Malawians on free ARVs

June 29th, 2009, 01:57 PM
I wonder what caused the 'huge fall in AISD related deaths' throughout Africa, where national HIV rates have been written down because of different survey types used (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/05/AR2006040502517.html?sub=new). Considering no country has seen any kind of depopulation, as was widely predicted in the 1980s well into the 1990s is not explained either. But in Malawi, it is because of ARVs.

Bingu says quarter of a million Malawians on free ARVs (http://www.nyasatimes.com/health/bingu-says-quarter-of-a-million-malawians-on-free-arvs.html)
By Nyasa Times
Published: June 28, 2009

President Bingu wa Mutharika has said about a quarter of million Malawians are receiving free anti-retroviral (ARV) HIV/Aids drugs and that the country will soon start manufacturing generic AIDS drugs.

Speaking at an AIDS candlelight memorial in Blantyre on Sunday, President Mutharika said the roll out of free ARVs to Aids suffered has saved many Malawians.

“Some 250,000 Malawians are receiving ARVs. We are doing well because many of these could have died by now,” said President Mutharika.

Other Malawians also access ARV’s through private clinics.

According to Malawi government, the deaths caused by HIV/AIDS have decreased to 48 per day this year from 240 per day in 2004. The huge fall of Aids-related death has been attributed largely to free ARVs.

President Mutharika said the free ARV programme has been a “success story” since it was launched five years ago with 5,000 initial beneficiaries.

However, the overall situation remains grim, with an estimated 1 million people, of the country’s 13 million, are living with HIV/AIDS and of those just over 80,000 are children, according to Malawi’s National AIDS Commission.

The Malawi leader then disclosed that the there would soon be a local company to “produce ARVs locally and export extra drugs to neighbouring countries”.

President Mutharika said the company which will produce the Aids drugs may be opened in Malawi later this year.

“We will try to get the company going this year,” said Mutharika.

The Malawi government recently announced that all civil servants with HIV would be given a pay rise to help them buy the food needed to remain strong and fight off disease.

UNAIDS resident coordinator Desmond Johns urged the country to do more to prevent new HIV/Aids cases disclosing that the country registers 300 Aids cases every day especially the youth and female.

“Malawi has 300 new cases every day, largely among young people and females,” he said.

The UNAIDS envoy said fighting Aids is the “arguably the single consistent threat” in overall development for Malawi.

July 8th, 2009, 09:50 PM
well, SOMEone is paying for it.