The minister for medical services,vide legal notice No. 191 of 2010 dated the 18th November, 2010has purported to levy a two percent freight on board value on all drugs imported into the country,this is in addition to the usual import declaration Fee (IDE) of 2.75% that is levied on such drugs.
Injecting drug use is estimated to account for nearly one third of new HIV infections but less than 8 per cent of injecting drug users are reached by HIV prevention services. The scaling up of HIV prevention and even more so care and treatment for drug users is lagging behind in the overall aids response.
Illegal drug use is a social problem and should be treated as such. Excessive reliance on law enforcement and punishment is particularly counter productive to decreasing high HIV transmission among injective drug users as they are driven to hide where they have no access to health services or information.
Instead we should foster the right to seek, receive and impart information related to HIV/AIDS prevention, including educational materials and information related to HIV/AIDS transmission risks and prevention measures especially among special behaviour groups such as injecting drug users- without censorship or liability for aiding or abetting criminal offences.
Injective drug users belong to the most underserved group of civil society because of the high number of low income people using illegal drugs in a more intensive and damaging manner. They are contracted with illegality of their activities and stigmatizing attitudes and those involved in severe drug consumption face great barriers to integrating socially and in the work place.
Section 24: Aids Law project tried to mobilize different partners to strategize on areas of advocacy i.e. NEPHAK, IPPF (support in international advocacy). The date given for the budgetary fund to be released for the HIV tribunal is the 31st of January. Tess is to find out when the operationalization of the tribunal will be from National Aids control council (NACC).
Taxation (2%) on Anti ARV’s and essential drugs: ALP wants it to stay from operating. An organization has gone to court to seek an injunction
National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) recently announced that they will be increasing the rates of the contributions by about 500 % – 600% along with establishing outpatient coverage. The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) sought to have NHIF restrained from enforcing the new contributions.
Over the past couple of years there has been a tremendous improvement in the fight against HIV and aids of importance concern is the anti retro viral drugs that have helped prolong the lives and dramatically improve peoples health taking them from near death back to health, family and employment. Across the developing world more than five million people receive anti retro viral drugs which represent important progress.
After fifty days and nights in an overcrowded jail cell, the two TB patients have appeared in court, and were granted release. These men were imprisoned unjustly and illegally, and their liberation was called for by a wide coalition of civil society organizations in Kenya and internationally. Now, we must take steps to assure this never happens again.