First phase of anti-viral medication factory in Mozambique ready in second half of 2010

22 March 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 22 March – The packaging area of the anti-viral medication factory to be built in Mozambique with the support of the Brazilian government will be ready in the second half of 2010, an official from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) said in Lisbon Saturday.

The anti-viral medication factory is a project being carried out with the financial and technology transfer assistance of the Brazilian government and under the supervision of Fiocruz, which is a health research and medication production body in Brazil.

“There is no date for the start of production of the drugs, but as soon as this first stage is in operation, which is fundamental, we believe we can move ahead with the following stages,” said Célia Almeida, director of the regional representation office of Fiocruz for Africa, located in Maputo, Mozambique.

“Construction is at a very advanced stage, at the moment we are carrying out final preparations for an inauguration soon,” said Mouzinho Saíde, the national director for Health in Mozambique, speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa on the sidelines of the 3rd Congress of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries on AIDS, which was held between Wednesday and Friday in Lisbon.

According to Almeida, “In December the Brazilian government approved the donation of US$3 million to purchase packaging equipment.”

“We are supporting the installation of the equipment and also professional training, because Mozambique does not have pharmacists specialised in industrial pharmacy, and in the area of certification,” she said. (macauhub)