You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public"]

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

Antiretroviral drugs fail to consistently reach patients in countries most affected by HIV/AIDS

By Dermot - 01st Dec 2015 | 4 views

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>A new MSF report released at the International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA), <a href=”″><span class=”s2″><em>Empty Shelves, Come Back Tomorrow –ARV Stock Outs Undermine Efforts to Fight HIV</em></span></a><em> </em>is based on surveys conducted in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and the DRC. It shows that most stock outs are due to the inability of ARV supply chains to ensure last mile delivery: the necessary medicines are available in country but do not reach peripheral clinics because of cumbersome procedures, logistical challenges or lack of resources.</span>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Nationwide surveys conducted two years in a row in South Africa show that between 20 and 25 per cent of local health centres were unable to dispense the complete amount of one or more HIV or TB medication. In 80 per cent of cases, the drugs were available in the country but did not reach the clinic’s pharmacies. </span>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“The system needs to be improved because we cannot fight HIV without medicines. To efficiently protect individuals’ health and decrease HIV transmission in communities, antiretroviral treatment needs to be taken for life, without interruption. But how can patients be expected to remain adherent to their treatment if their medicines are not available when and where they need them?” says Dr Gilles Van Cutsem, MSF’s medical coordinator in South Africa.</span>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“Fixing the supply chain until the last mile and measuring access are preconditions for countries to be able to control the emergence of resistance to current antiretroviral treatment, accelerate the fight against HIV and put the epidemic under control”.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Health and Children is convening this afternoon to discuss emerging trends and key responses to HIV. </span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Appearing before the Committee are:</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>• Mr Tiernan Brady, Director of Gay HIV Strategies, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN); </span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>• Mr Niall Mulligan, Executive Director, HIV Ireland;</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>• Ms Deirdre Seery, CEO, Cork Sexual Health Centre.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Committee Chair Deputy Jerry Buttimer said given World AIDS Day is being marked across the globe today, it is therefore timely that the Committee should dedicate a meeting “to discussing the changing face of HIV and our response to it”.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Great scientific advances have been made both in testing and treatment of HIV.  Today there is a much greater public understanding about this preventable and treatable condition.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“The latest figures confirm a worrying increase in the number of HIV cases. New testing techniques mean that it only takes 1 minute to get a result from a HIV test, giving access to early medical treatment.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Committee members will wish to hear from our witnesses about the reality of living with HIV in 2015, and what can be done to promote awareness.”</span>

Leave a Reply

[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]
Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

[the_ad_placement id="main-mpu-public"]
Most Read
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]