Brazil to donate US$7.86 million Mozambique for antiretroviral factory

13 November 2009

Brasilia, Brazil, 13 Nov – The government of Brazil has been authorized by parliament to donate 13.6 million reals (US$7.86 million) to Mozambique to fund the first stage of the building of an antiretroviral drugs factory, the Senado News Agency reported.

Senators from the Foreign Relations and National Defense Committee (CRE) unanimously approved the government’s provision of the funds to Mozambique. The anti-HIV drugs to be manufactured in Mozambique could prevent the deaths of around 300,000 people requiring antiretroviral therapy.

Brazil’s aid donation to Mozambique was earlier approved by lawmakers in the lower chamber. The initial phase of the antiretroviral plant will cost US$9 million for construction, tools and equipment and drugs. The Maputo government is covering US$2 million of these expenses. (macauhub)