Medicines shortage in Tanzania

The Tanzanian Government has said in 2018/2019 it will set aside financial support to purchase medicines used to treat opportunistic infections for HIV-positive patients, which if not timely managed can be life threatening.

Currently medicines such as Fluconazole and Aciclovir at health units in Tanzania are in short supply, due to developmental partners who have ceased supplying.

This shortage is forcing patients to visit privately run clinics. In some cases one tablet of Fluconazole is being sold at over £10 a tablet or over £53 for a packet of three, which is too much for many to afford.

Fluconazole is just one of the many medicines we send to our partner health units in rural sub-Saharan Africa.