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Ugandan hospitals ration AIDS treatment as antiretrovirals start to run out

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3900 (Published 20 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3900
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

    Doctors in Uganda have warned that the country is facing an acute shortage of antiretroviral drugs. New patients with HIV or AIDS are being turned away from clinics, and those lucky enough to be getting treatment are being given just one month’s worth instead of the usual three months’ supply.

    Zainab Akol, manager of the health ministry’s AIDS control programme, said, “All the 228 000 patients currently on ARV [antiretroviral] treatment are receiving the drugs. But because we do not have adequate quantities of ARVs, we have first to maintain those already on treatment. We do not recruit new patients at the cost …

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