STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kenya becomes first country in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug

Kenya's government and the global health initiative Unitaid announced that the East African nation will make the generic version of dolutegravir available for routine use.

Published: 28th June 2017 11:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2017 11:12 PM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purpose only.

By Associated Press

NAIROBI: Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said on Wednesday.

Kenya's government and the global health initiative Unitaid announced that the East African nation will make the generic version of dolutegravir available for routine use. They said Nigeria and Uganda will introduce the drug later this year.

The move is part of efforts to make such drugs that are widely used in developed countries more accessible to impoverished ones. It can take more than a decade for new drugs to be introduced in lower-income countries, Unitaid said.

The World Health Organization says the region most affected by HIV is sub-Saharan Africa, which has two-thirds of the world's new HIV infections. In 2015, more than 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were living with HIV, according to WHO.

Kenya's health ministry says it will give the drug initially to 27,000 people living with HIV who can't tolerate the current drug of choice used in the country, efavirenz. It will be distributed free of charge as part of the country's free antiretroviral program in public hospitals, officials said.

The plan is to make the drug available nationwide later this year.

An estimated 1.5 million people in Kenya are living with HIV, and a little over one million are on antiretroviral drugs.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp