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Brazil Offers To Provide Technology, Training For Proposed Pharmaceutical Plant 
To Produce HIV/AIDS, Malaria Drugs In Mozambique
01 Jun 2007
Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=72638

Brazil has prepared a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a $23 
million pharmaceutical plant in Mozambique to produce drugs for HIV/AIDS, 
malaria and other diseases, an unnamed spokesperson for Brazil's Ministry of 
Health said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The spokesperson also said that Brazil 
has offered to provide technology, training and quality monitoring for the 
plant.

The offer to study the possibility of building the plant initially was raised 
in 2003 by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who said he wanted 
drugs from the plant to be available to other African countries. The Brazilian 
ambassador to Mozambique Leda Lucia Camargo recently presented the study to 
Mozambique's government, Reuters reports.

Although previous reports indicated that Brazil offered to build the facility, 
the country has only carried out a study and had not offered to fund the plant, 
according to the spokesperson. "Brazil has no commitment to finance the 
construction," the spokesperson said, adding that France, Germany and Italy 
have expressed interest in helping to fund the plant, but a decision has not 
been made.

Mozambique's Health Minister Ivo Garrido said the government will decide next 
month whether to approve the Brazilian proposal. "We will have to study it very 
carefully," he said. About 1.6 million people are living with HIV in 
Mozambique, which has a population of 18 million people. Only a small number of 
people in need of antiretrovirals have access to the drugs, most of which are 
imported from India, according to Reuters (Reuters, 5/29).

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