$1bn drug deal creates debt for “tomorrow's AIDS orphans”BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7256.262/b (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:262
- Annabel Ferriman
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 …