AHF: Anthrax Outbreak Exposes Global Health Inequities

AHF: Anthrax Outbreak Exposes Global Health Inequities




AHF: Anthrax Outbreak Exposes Global Health Inequities

KAMPALA, Uganda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Africa–With outbreaks of anthrax and another potentially unidentified disease having caused nearly 1,200 suspected cases and 20 deaths across five African countries, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) urges wealthy countries to ensure equitable access to health commodities, such as diagnostics and vaccines, to ensure outbreaks can be identified and stamped out immediately.

“The anthrax outbreak is another example of why we need equity, not charity on global health. As long as some places have all the resources to respond and others don’t—we won’t have truly functional pandemic preparedness. We saw this with COVID-19 and the lack of vaccines for Africans as wealthy countries hoarded them, along with the know-how and tech to produce much-needed commodities,” said AHF Africa Bureau Chief Dr. Penninah Iutung. “Lower-income countries will continue to suffer from preventable disease outbreaks until big pharma and rich countries prioritize lives over profits. We call on pharmaceutical makers like Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing, manufacturer of the anthrax vaccine, to ensure adequate doses and diagnostic kits are available for the affected regions.”

Anthrax is a disease caused by bacteria commonly found in soil and can be passed to livestock and humans by breathing in or ingesting spore-contaminated food and water or through cuts in the skin. It can be prevented by vaccinating humans and livestock and is not contagious, except in rare cases of cutaneous anthrax.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global non-profit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1.9 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. We are currently the largest non-profit provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

US MEDIA CONTACT:

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF

+1 323 308 1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile

gedk@aidshealth.org

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy & Communications, AHF

+1 323.308.1829

denys.nazarov@aidshealth.org