It is good news for People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWH) after the government cleared the consignment of ARV donations that has been stuck at the Mombasa port.
Through the Ministry of Health, the government has sought approvals and cleared the drugs, with USAID expected to hand them over for distribution to the counties through established systems.
In a statement from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday, the ministry regrets the interruption of the multi-month scripting and dispensation of ARVs for the management of HIV.
Kenya provides ARVs to manage HIV worth KSh25 billion every year through three main sources. They include; Government of Kenya, the Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief though the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“Ordinarily, stocks for the country are procured on a regular basis covering extended periods of time. Delays in supply have not been experienced as consignments, even when late, arrive in time to meet the demand for ARVs. The current scenario was not anticipated, and Government only got to know about the likelihood of delayed supply late in January,” says CS Kagwe.
According to the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment 2018, about 1.3 million adults in Kenya are living with HIV/AIDS.
The GoK-USAID tax dispute involved a consignment of HIV and Tuberculosis drugs, which arrived into the country on January 18. The government was demanding KSh90 million from Chemonics International, a private company that imported the drugs on behalf of USAID.