To be sure, there’s been some very good news recently about positive developments in the long and disheartening struggle against HIV and AIDS. But that good news can’t paper over the reality that every day, nearly 5,000 people die from AIDS and 7,000 new HIV infections are reported around the world – 3,000 of them among youth. And it can’t erase the fact that our primary mission at AID FOR AIDS International – to provide life-saving medication to PWLHA who lack access to treatment—is in jeopardy.
The history of AFAI traces to the beginning of the medication recycling program in 1996. Over the past 15 years, the program has redistributed, free of charge, more than $70 million worth of antiretroviral medication collected in the U.S. to needy recipients in 35 developing countries. The program also works with clients and their doctors to monitor and ensure the clients’ adherence to treatment.
However, donations of medicine have declined sharply over the past 2 years and are continuing to fall at an alarming rate, despite the availability of huge amounts of unused and unexpired drugs that are being tossed away. We have so far been successful in maintaining adequate supplies to our current clients in the developing world, but unless the shortfall of medications is addressed, those clients could be at risk of losing their access to treatment.
Moreover, we are receiving applications from needy individuals that we cannot fill due to the lack of donations. These are people we could be helping immediately if we had the right medicine.
The problem faced by the people served by our Access to Treatment Program, of which the Recycling Program is the key component, is made even more severe by the changing nature of the HIV crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. While many Latin governments now supply first- and second-generation HIV medications to their citizens, more and more PLWHA are multi-resistant to the older drug therapies and require the newer 3rd generation treatments. For these clients, AFAI remains virtually the only life-saving option.
We know that we are making only a small dent in the vast amount of unused HIV/AIDS medications that are being needlessly discarded. So, please, help us spread the word in the community, among PLWHA and their doctors and caregivers, to turn that immense waste into lives saved.
We are most urgently in need of the following medications:
Atripla 600/300/200 mg
Sustiva 600 mg
Truvada 300/200 mg
Combivir 300/150 mg
Epivir 300 mg
Fuzeon 90 mg
Intelence 100 mg
Isentress 400 mg
Kaletra 200/50 mg
Prezista 600 mg
Retrovir 300 mg
Viramune 200 mg
Viread 300 mg