IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Great Lakes | BURUNDI: HIV-positive civil servants to pay 20 percent for ARVs | Care Treatment | Breaking News
Friday 23 December 2005
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews
 

Regions

Africa
East Africa
Great Lakes
·Burundi
·CAR
·Congo
·DRC
·Rwanda
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
West Africa
RSSyndication
RSS - News Briefs

Features

PlusNews E-mail Subscription
 

BURUNDI: HIV-positive civil servants to pay 20 percent for ARVs


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


BUJUMBURA, 23 December (PLUSNEWS) - The Burundian health minister, Dr Jean Kamana, has authorised the civil service insurance company "Mutuelle" to cover the cost of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 80 percent, in line with its policy on other medicines, Radio Burundi announced on Friday.

Kamana signed an ordinance adding ARVs to the list of medicines the company generally covers in response to a request from the health insurer's general manager, Francois Nkengurutse, it said.

Nkengurutse told PlusNews on Monday: "The measure is in force since Wednesday, and the list includes all antiretrovirals, as well as possible combinations of two or three antiretrovirals."

An HIV-positive civil servant in need of ARVs will therefore pay 20 percent of the price, leaving the health insurance company to pay the rest. Until now, a civil servant had to fund the total cost, despite regular contributions to the company.

According to Nkengurutse, patients will only be able to get ARVs from HIV/AIDS associations. "HIV patients will be supplied in our partner associations such as ANSS [National Association for HIV-positive and AIDS patients], SWAA Burundi [Society of Women Agaist AIDS] and others, but if drugstores start selling anti-retrovirals, we will work with them", he told IRIN.

This may not happen soon, according to government pharmacist Lievin Mizero, who said that ARVs could not be compared to other medecines. "They [ARVs] must be distributed following a known circuit to curb drugstore speculation on them", Mizero said. "If all drugstores sell them, their prices and even the quality will be out of the ministry's control."

The cheapest ARVs cost around US $30 a month, a price few Burundians can afford.

Sylvain Ndayikengurukiye, in charge of communication and public relations at the National Council for AIDS Control, told PlusNews that only 1,200 people out of 25,000 in need of ARVs had access to them.

[ENDS]




 
Recent BURUNDI Reports
UNICEF in drive to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence in children,  24/Oct/05
HIV-positive people demand protective laws,  27/Apr/04
Medical personnel trained on prevention of mother-to-child HIV infection,  30/Mar/04
First lady launches HIV/AIDS initiative,  17/Mar/04
Germany gives €7.5 million for water, refugees, HIV/AIDS control,  17/Feb/04
Links
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
AEGIS
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.


[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2005
The material contained on www.PlusNews.org comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.