SA awards R3.6bn in ARV contracts
Six suppliersThe contracts awarded, varying from 1.9% to 56.8% of the total value, are spread over six suppliers. The six are Aspen Pharmacare with 56.8% of the total contract value, Adcock Ingram with 20.9%, MSD with 9.1%, GlaxoSmithKline with 6.9%, Sonke with 4.5% and Medpro with 1.9%. Six items have not been awarded and arrangements for their procurement will soon be made. Reporting on HIV/Aids during a social sector cluster briefing earlier in May, Tshabalala-Msimang said the government's treatment, care and support intervention was gradually gaining momentum, in line with its commitment to better tackle HIV/Aids. "As at February 2008, our figures show that at least 456 000 had been initiated on antiretroviral treatment and 39 759 of these are children in all 407 facilities accredited to provide this service," she said. "We now have 86% of the sub-districts having at least one service point accredited to provide comprehensive care to people living with HIV/Aids." Source: BuaNews
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