The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) and the Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW) supported the Global Day of Action against Roche’s inhumanity. The abusive prices of medications is a common practice from the pharmaceutics’ industry across the world that obstructs the access to treatment and kills thousands of patients that face the HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis and other infections.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) decided to reconsider the request for help made by Red Venezolana de Gente Positiva (RVG+) to the country. The request, made in June of 2016, was refused last January 19th based in the argument that Venezuela didn’t attend to technical criteria stated by World Bank and it was an ineligible country for international aid.
The global gag rule that Donald Trump signed recently can have a devastating impact on HIV/AIDS patients. According to website Self, “the rule bans U.S. funds from going toward international health organizations that provide abortions or that even mention abortion as a family planning option, even though American money already wasn’t paying for abortion-related services. Now, several organizations are pointing out that the gag rule can have a devastating impact on HIV and AIDS patients as well”.
According to Americas Quarterly, a publication with a focus on Latin American, for nearly a year, HIV positive Argentines have endured what advocates call a “crisis” and a national emergency. Shortages and delays in the delivery of antiretroviral drugs have beleaguered many who depend on them to stay healthy, sparking public outcry and a protest outside the Health Ministry in Buenos Aires in December.