SA pharmaceutical manufacturers have called on the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) to procure more HIV/Aids medicines from African producers, arguing this will boost the continent’s drugmaking capacity and provide protection against future health security threats.

Pepfar is the world’s biggest HIV/Aids donor and is credited with saving more than 25-million lives with the more than $110bn it has provided over the past two decades to the countries hardest hit by the disease, including SA. Though Sub-Saharan Africa is home to two-thirds of the world’s HIV/Aids burden, less than 1% of the $750m spent by Pepfar each year on HIV/Aids-related commodities goes to products sourced from Africa...

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