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Globalization and Health

, 10:70

First Online: 25 September 2014Received: 11 April 2014Accepted: 10 September 2014DOI: 10.1186-s12992-014-0070-z

Cite this article as: Russo, G., de Oliveira, L., Shankland, A. et al. Global Health 2014 10: 70. doi:10.1186-s12992-014-0070-z


BackgroundOn the back of its recent economic development and domestic success in the fight against HIV-AIDS, Brazil is helping the Government of Mozambique to set up a pharmaceutical factory as part of its South-South cooperation programme. Until recently, a consensus existed that pharmaceutical production in Africa was not viable or sustainable. This paper looks into practicalities and evolution of this collaboration to illustrate the characteristics of Brazilian development cooperation in health, with the aim of drawing lessons for the wider debate on aid and local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa.

DiscussionWe show that the project process has been very long and complex, has involved multiple public and private partners, and cost in excess of USD34 million. There have also been setbacks in the process, and although production has already started, it is unclear whether all the project-s original objectives will be met.

SummaryThe Brazil-Mozambique-s pharmaceutical factory experience illustrates positives as well as limitations of Brazil-s unorthodox approach to health development cooperation, highlighting its contribution to pushing the boundaries of the debate on local production of pharmaceuticals in resource-poor settings.

KeywordsAIDS Pharmaceutical production Aid architecture in health Brazil pharmaceuticals ARV Manufacturing in Africa Aid effectiveness in health Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12992-014-0070-z contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Giuliano Russo - Lícia de Oliveira - Alex Shankland - Tânia Sitoe

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