Currently Venezuela faces a political, economic and social situation that has affected different sectors of the population. The scarcity of commodities is a clear example of these negative effects, and it seems to have become the rule in the South American country. The pharmaceutical industry has been severely affected by the inability to acquire foreign currency needed to buy medicines. This difficulty is largely due to a rigid currency control implemented by the Venezuelan government.
Among those most affected by the medicinal scarcity are people with HIV. We all know that a thorough and constant HIV treatment regimen is a key element for treatment adherence; and therefore, to maintain the health of those with HIV. For this reason, at AFA, we are deeply concerned by the situation that Venezuela faces. That’s why we have developed our #SOSVenezuela campaign, with which we have sent over $ 98,000 worth of antiretroviral drugs in the first two quarters of this year. But there’s still much work to be done! We are just at the starting point of this program and it needs our unrivaled support. In January we started with only one case and since then we gradually increased the number of people we support through the campaign. We reached a total of 138 new cases by the end of June.
When it comes to helping those in need AFA truly believes that we all can contribute our grain of sand. If you have any unused medicine, don’t throw it away! Label your medicines with #SOSHIV-VZLA and mail them to:
515 Greenwich St., Suite 506,
New York, NY 10013.
If you’re in Venezuela, send your unused medicines to AID FOR AIDS Venezuela:
Calle Ribas, Torre Chocolate, piso 7, oficina 7-D,
Los Teques, Edo. Miranda
The medicine you don’t need can save someone’s life! Please, help us get the word out, and we can all help in finding more HIV medication.