Mexico’s Reforms Roll out Red Tape

Changes to how Mexico funds HIV care—including the centralization of drug distribution—threaten to disrupt essential treatment for thousands.
 
The government says it’s about rooting out corruption.
 
But going without meds for even for a few weeks puts HIV+ people at serious health risk, advocates warn, and ups the chance of spreading the virus. And, cutting funding to NGOs will especially hurt the marginalized HIV+ communities that avoid government agencies, citing discrimination.
 
The Quote: “What kills you is the process. What makes you sick is the bureaucracy,” says Jorge Diaz, who has struggled to secure his medication in Mexico City.

Openly/Thomson Reuters Foundation

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