Time For Zimbabwe To Rope In Community Civil Society Organisations In AMR Fight


THE world is fast sleep walking towards another deadly pandemic that could wipe out an entire civilisation if something is not done urgently. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) or the silent pandemic as many epidemiologist have dubbed it, is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity, exposing both humans and animals to catastrophic consequences. By Michael Gwarisa Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms evolve mechanisms that protect them from the effects of antimicrobials or agents that kill microorganisms or stops their growth. Antibiotic resistance is a subset of AMR…

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Importing ARVs Cheaper For Zim- IP Experts

IMPORTING Anti-Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs from giant pharmaceutical economies like India is actually cheaper and affordable compared to producing them locally in Zimbabwe, Intellectual Property Rights (IP) Experts have warned. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing an Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines Media training in the capital, Legal practitioner and IP expert Tapiwanashe Kujinga said given the obsolete machinery and technology housed at local pharmaceutical companies, it was not viable to manufacture ARVs locally. “As you might be aware, Varichem used to manufacture ARVs locally but as time went on,…

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