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$1bn drug deal creates debt for “tomorrow's AIDS orphans”

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:262
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The United States has offered sub-Saharan African nations a $1bn (£666m) loan programme to buy anti-AIDS drugs. The new programme was announced in Washington last week by the congressionally funded US Export-Import Bank. It involves five year loans to 24 eligible countries at interest rates of about 7% a year.

    The offer has been condemned by Oxfam as “a debt that tomorrow's AIDS orphans will be forced to pay.”

    The US offer requires countries to buy drugs manufactured in the …

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