Currently Honduras goes through a deep crisis of shortage of anti-retroviral drugs. The problem started this August and it has now spread throughout the country. The situation has left more than 100 people without second-line antiretroviral drugs.
At the beginning of 2014, civil society in Honduras sent a letter to the National Commission on AIDS (CONASIDA) with a report in which they highlighted that several health centers were not delivering a medication that combines lopinavir and ritonavir. There were also cases in which were given expired medicines.
In recent days, activists have teamed up through social networks, and they have reported that the shortage has spread all over the country, and it is not possible to find Aluvia (Lopinavir/Ritonavir) at any hospital. It should be noted that this medication is the only alternative second-line antiretroviral available in Honduras.
“In Honduras, there is now a group of people that already are resistant to this therapy. This shortage condemns every day to those who need it. No authority wants to give an effective response that answers this humanitarian crisis affecting our brothers”. Said Sandra Zambrano.
“The situation has also been reported to the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH),” said José Zambrano in a telephone interview, another activist in Honduras. “Complaints have already been made through the media, social networks, and CONADEH and nothing has been solved”. He said.
“Allegedly in mid-December we will receive the drugs that are missing, but this will not be immediately, of course. We must wait the entire process of customs. It means we have to wait more without medication, putting our lives at risk…” said Sandra.
About six years ago, Honduras managed to introduce into the national budget the cost of anti-retroviral drugs. However, 20% of them are still financed with funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
It is of utmost importance to have a response from the Government in view of this situation. That’s why organizations working in the field of HIV will make an official statement to the media and will continue to report this situation, in the search for an effective response to this crisis.