Corruption denies millions access to ARVs

ARVSFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – MILLIONS living with HIV/AIDS in Central and West Africa are failing to access anti-retroviral therapy (ARV) because of corruption, legal and policy blockages, centralised health systems and stigma at clinics.
Some 4,7 million living with the condition are denied the lifesaving
treatment because of inept political commitment, leaders meeting in
Ethiopia for the African Union summit have been told.
It emerged lower rates of HIV prevalence in Central and West Africa’s 21
countries, ranging from 2 percent to 10 percent, had long resulted in less
attention and investment in its overall HIV response.
Only 28 percent of people and 20 percent of children living with HIV have access to ARV, resulting in high numbers of deaths and an incidence outpacing treatment initiations.
“Our patients tell us often of unimaginable suffering simply trying to
access diagnosis and treatment: empty shelves, insurmountable fees and
transport costs, long queues, and stigma and discrimination in health
facilities,” said Joanne Liu, Doctors Without Borders International
President.
In the aforementioned regions, civil society and communities of people
living with HIV remain isolated and underfunded, with little support from international civil society, governments and donors.
Doctors Without Borders called for a clear roadmap and strong political
commitment from affected governments and all stakeholders towards removing longstanding barriers and implementing proven simplified strategies to boost treatment for millions not yet accessing ARV treatment.
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