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GABON: Donated AIDS drugs plug gap while local production is planned

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 September (PLUSNEWS) - Anti-AIDS drugs recently donated by Brazil will bring temporary relief to people living with HIV/AIDS in Gabon.

The donation follows a pledge by Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva during his visit to the central African country in July last year.

Gabon's Health Minister, Faustin Boukoubihe, was quoted by the Pan African News Agency as saying, "Thanks to these drugs, a hundred people will be saved, at least for a while."

Gabonese authorities are also discussing a transfer of technology from Brazil that will allow generic antiretrovirals to be manufactured in Gabon.



Recent GABON Reports
Government cuts condom prices by 40 percent to help AIDS fight,  21/Sep/05
New factory produces AIDS and anti-malarial drugs for the region,  15/Feb/05
Taxis the new weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS,  16/Dec/04
Female condoms are subsidised, but not widely advertised,  21/Oct/04
Number of new HIV infections fell in 2003,  24/Sep/04
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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