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Natpharm gets shot in the arm TB drugs

By Silence Mugadzaweta

International medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has handed over a consignment of TB medication worth US$150,000 to National Pharmaceutical Company (NATPHARM) strengthening its efforts to end TB in Zimbabwe.

MSF country representative Reinaldo Ortuno said they have provided support for quality HIV/TB/DR-TB treatment in Zimbabwe for the past 11 years.

“We are happy that Zimbabwe continues to make huge strides in containing and raising awareness on TB, and we congratulate the country for its removal from the list of countries with a high TB burden,” Ortuno said.

The donation includes first-line treatment for Drug-sensitive TB and treatment for Drug-resistant TB (DR), all with an estimated value of US$165, 000. For 11 years until 2017, MSF provided quality HIV/TB/DR-TB treatment, care and support to Zimbabwe and in 2018, MSF, in collaboration with the MoHCC, supported the successful pilot of the short regimen treatment injectable for DR-TB in Mutare.

“We continue to work with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to provide health care, especially to vulnerable communities. MSF believes that health is a human right and that every person should have access to health services and medicines when they are in need,” Ortuno says.

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