TALC downplays increase in funding for ARVs


Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) says the decision by government to increase the budgetary allocation towards the purchase of Anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs by 50 percent is not going to make any difference to the shortage of the drugs faced in the country.

TALC National Training and Capacity Strengthening Coordinator, Eunice Sinyemu, has told QFM in an interview that the damage that the shortage of the life serving drugs has left on the people on ART treatment is too huge to bear.

Ms Sinyemu notes that while government is trying hard to ensure that there are enough drugs in STOCK; it is not doing its level best.

She says the drug stock-outs could lead to non-adherence to treatment which might lead to resistance.

Ms Sinyemu says though government has procured six truckloads of ARVs and four other truckloads are expected in the country, they are not enough to cover for the people who have been rationing for the drugs.