Financial constraints lead to loss of lives in Burkino Faso in want of treatment of AIDS

Network for Access to Essential Medicine (RAME) has perceived that the Burkinabe Government needs to increase the budget allocation to the health sector so that there should not be any disruption to AIDS treatment. The Government, as an emergency measure has taken the step of announcing an emergency plan on the month of January, by which the Government will spend approximately 1 billion CFA francs (2 million dollars) to buy AIDS drugs. However, the civil society groups and the patients demand a permanent measure so that they can have easy access to Retroviral and Reagents.

Network for Access to Essential Medicine (RAME) has perceived that the Burkinabe Government needs to increase the budget allocation to the health sector so that there should not be any disruption to AIDS treatment.

Retroviral and Reagents are chemicals needed for routine testing.  However, there is no smooth supplying of the chemicals and this has resulted in hampering of the process for diagnostic and treatment of infections. Furthermore, there is a very limited stock of ARVs available which has put a restriction on AIDS associations to place new people on ARV. It is very much necessary every time to put new people on ARV for treatment and though the Government is spending a billion francs however this is not enough considering the number of patients. Also the help from Government has come very late and as numerous patients with AIDS could not get their usual monitoring for several months so this has also lead to loss of life.

Several officials opined that if nothing concrete is done very soon, there will be a disruption as to the admission of newly-infected people. Also, the patients who are undergoing treatment will also have to suffer.

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