Actions in St Maarten
"In some countries, including Sint Maarten and Curacao, the high costs of ARV drugs have been identified as a major obstacle to access to treatment. Our research conducted in 2008 showed that ARV prices on these islands are up to 17 times higher than the international reference prices. Without sustained access to antiretroviral drugs, the challenge of treatment cannot be met- and the ravage of the epidemic will continue. Dokters van de Wereld fights for the right to health of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable. This includes the right to have access to affordable HIV treatment. Therefore, we support this global access campaign initiated by health groups around the world."
-- Melissa Diaz, MD, MIH, Secretary of the board, Dokters van de Wereld, the Netherlands
On the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, Kaletra costs 7,644 NAf (~$4,361) per person per year (ppy). Many people living with HIV in St. Maarten are migrants, and much less economically advantaged than their Dutch counterparts.
The St. Maarten AIDS Foundation sent a letter to Abbott requesting an open license that would enable St. Maarten to import affordable generics.
Copy of St. Maarten AIDS Foundation letter to Abbott Laboratories requesting an open license (11/10/2011)
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