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[afro-nets] A Global Subsidy: Key To Affordable Drugs For Malaria?

  • From: "Claudio Schuftan" <cschuftan@phmovement.org>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:01:34 +0700

Cross posted from: EQUIDAD@listserv.paho.org

A Global Subsidy: Key To Affordable Drugs For Malaria?

Ramanan Laxminarayan and Hellen Gelband
Health Affairs <http://content.healthaffairs.org/>, July-August - Volume 28, no. 4 (2009) - - - Delivering On Global Health Issue

Abstract: http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/4/949

“……The global fight against malaria has been continually challenged by poor access to affordable, effective medicine. Growing resistance to chloroquine, the traditional treatment, has worsened the situation.

Artemisinins, the successor therapy to chloroquine, are at least ten times more costly than the older drug. In developing countries, most malaria medicines are purchased in the private sector, where traditional aid mechanisms do not reach. So a new aid approach was needed.

The Affordable Medicines Facility–malaria (AMFm) will efficiently supply publicly subsidized drugs to meet public- and private-sector demand in malaria-endemic countries. If artemisinins are priced more competitively, resistance to them will be delayed. …….”

Ruggiero, Mrs. Ana Lucia (WDC)