Drug Resource Enhancement against Aids and Malnutrition
DREAM (short for "Drug Resources Enhancement against Aids and Malnutrition", formerly "Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS in Mozambique") is an AIDS therapy program promoted by the Christian Community of Sant'Egidio. It is designed to give access to free ARV treatment with generic HAART drugs to the poor in Africa on a large scale: So far, 5,000 people are receiving ARV treatment, especially in Mozambique, but the program is being built up also in other countries: Malawi, Guinea, Tanzania and others. Despite being free, the program aims at excellence in treatment, providing the best existent range of drugs (HAART) and regular blood testing according to European standards. It is linked with a nutrition program as well as guidance and sanitary education by volunteers (other HIV patients taking part in the program), which encourages new patients to comply and come to the appointments. The compliance rate is very high (94 percent). The annual cost per person and year of the program is $800.
- Inter Press Service. A Church Group Makes Strides in Supplying ARVs. 2004.
- World Health Organisation. Perspectives and Practice in Antiretroviral Treatment: DREAM - An integrated faith-based initiative to treat HIV / AIDS in Mozambique. 2003
- Worldbank. HIV/AIDS - Getting Results: Mozambique’s battle against HIV/AIDS and the DREAM project, April 2006
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