Anti-retrovirus medication factory in Mozambique to open Saturday

16 July 2012

The Institute of Drug Technology (Instituto de Tecnologia em Fármacos- Farmanguinhos), of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Saturday opened a factory for anti-retroviral medication near Maputo, the foundation said in a statement issued Friday.

Costing 200 million Brazilian reals, half of which provided by the Brazilian government and the remaining 50 percent by donations from private companies, such as mining group Vale, the new factory was planned and built over a period of four years.

Fiocruz also said that initially the medication produced at the factory would be consumed in Mozambique, one of the countries with the highest levels of HIV/AIDS, and later would produce enough drugs to supply Sub-Saharan Africa.

The factory’s inauguration will be attended by the Brazilian Vice President, Michel Temer. (macauhub)