Reduced HIV treatment costs allows UN to expand efforts

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has made significant decreases in the cost of HIV treatments, which has benefited patients in Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Mali, South Sudan,  Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Now, the average cost for the most common treatment costs just $100 for each patient for each year in the above countries. With these savings, which amount to $25 million, the UNDP is able to help 250,000 more people with HIV treatments.

As of today, there are 19 countries using finances from the Global Fund and support from the UNDP for HIV grants. With these programs, 2.2 million people who have HIV infections are able to receive treatments.

In 2000, treatments for HIV were more than $10,000 for each patient for each year. This figure fell as soon as generic manufacturers began to provide patients with treatments to just $350 each year.

Today, there is economic competition and quality-assured generic manufacturers. This is why it is possible for the price to decrease to approximately $150 for each patient for each year. The latest decrease of just $100 per patient per year, with help from the UNDP, gives patients more access to the treatments.

Fifteen years ago, just 700,000 people were able to access HIV treatments. Now, there are 15.8 million people who can gain benefits from these treatments.

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