Monday, April 16, 2007
In St Lucia, a container with free Anti-retroviral Drugs (ARVs) for 500 HIV/AIDS patients in the OECS arrived this week, originating from donor country Brazil. Valued at 160000 US dollars, this is the first shipment of ARVs drugs under the Brazilian / Caricom
Initiative, which is scheduled to run for three years, in the first instance. The consignment for each OECS country is prepackaged in nine boxes within a larger external container. The ARVs are expected to be ready for distribution in all OECS Member States by early May, Head of the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service Unit, Francis Burnette said. Brazil's supply of free ARVs to 500 OECS HIV/AIDS patients is one of the components of a Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Brazil and Caricom for a number of initiatives.