By REBECCA MUSHOTA and JAMES KUNDA –
THE Government has launched a new HIV drug called Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) which is said to have fewer side effects on bones and kidney and can suppress viral loads within 10-14 days.
Meanwhile, Zambia requires US$647 million to tackle malaria, the Ministry of Health has said.
TAF is co-formulated with Emtricitabine and Dolutegravir as TAFED.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said at the launch of the drug in Lusaka on Thursday evening that TAF had been formulated to be safer than other HIV drugs, with fewer bone and kidney side effects.