Skip to content


Efforts of Latin America and the Caribbean toward the universal access

Access to antiretrovirals (ARV), the drugs used to kill or inhibit the multiplication of the HIV, is a global priority. But treatment is not yet reaching most of people in need. This page contains information about the Latin America and Caribbean efforts to expand access to antiretrovirals. Among the highlights are the four subregional negotiations (Caribbean, Central America and 11 Latin American countries), in which the ministries of health, with the support of PAHO, UNAIDS and other organizations, managed to substantially reduce the price of these medicines. In addition, this page provides several tools useful to expand access to ARV, such as protocols, lists of drug manufacturers of acceptable quality, recommendations on procurement and an overview of relevant policies and legislation.


Patients under antiretroviral treatment in Latin America and the Caribbean

Legislation and milestones in access to antiretroviral treatment in Latin America and the Caribbean

Position of REDLA+ on procurement generic and copied versions of antiretroviral medications


Tools to determine quality of antiretrovirals

Elements of effective antiretroviral procurement

Access to HIV/AIDS Drugs and Diagnostics of Acceptable Quality

Sources and prices of selected medicines and diagnostics for people living with HIV/AIDS

Untangling the of price reductions: a pricing guide for the purchase of ARVs for developing countries (MSF)

Cost-containment mechanisms for the essential medicines, including antiretrovirals, in China

World Health Organization (WHO) web page on access to antiretrovirals


Building Blocks: Guidelines for Antiretroviral Treatment in Adults for Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Scaling Up Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-Limited Settings (WHO, 2001)



Family and Community Health

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

© Pan American Health Organization. All rights reserved.