Mozambique: Brazil guarantees production at Mozambican anti-viral drug factory by 2010

20 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Oct – The anti-viral medication factory to be built in Mozambique with the support of the Brazilian government, is expected to begin production by the end of 2010, the Brazilian health minister said in Maputo Friday.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, José Temporão said the first phase of the project would cost US$8 million.

“The first phase will take place until the end of 2009 and the second will take another year. At the end of next year, the first drugs will start leaving the factory,” he said.

“The idea is to provide quality medication for AIDS treatment to the Mozambican government,” said Temporão on the sidelines of a visit to Mozambique by Brazil’s President, José Inácio Lula da Silva.

At the opening, in downtown Maputo, of the first Office of the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation located outside Brazil, Temporão insisted that priority would now be given to “training staff to manage the future of public health in Mozambique.”

With an HIV infection rate of over 16 percent of the population, which is estimated to total 20.3 million people, Mozambique is one of the country’s most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The opening of the Fiocruz offices was the visible result of the visit one and half-day visit by Lula da Silva to Mozambique, on his way back from India. (macauhub)