Brazil: Mozambican antiretroviral plant to open by end of 2009

8 August 2008

Brasilia, Brazil, 8 Aug – A factory to manufacture antiretroviral drugs in Mozambique, being built with financial assistance from Brazil, will begin production at the end of 2009, Brazilian Health Minister José Gomes Temporão said Thursday.

“The project is ready. We are sending a request to the National Congress to authorize a credit for US$ 4 million to build the first stage,” Temporão told foreign correspondents in Brasilia.

Brazil is investing US$ 10 million in the antiretroviral plant in Maputo and resources for the project’s initial phase will be available by the end of this year.

Mozambican technicians at the new factory will get raining from Brazil’s state-run Fiocruz laboratory and its is expected that Mozambique will posses the necessary technology to complete the second stage of the project, which will make eight of the 15 antiretrovirals that Brazil is currently capable of producing.

Brazil’s heath minister said the Maputo plant would produce antiretrovirals for both Mozambique and other African states. (macauhub)