Free medicines to tackle Brazilian poverty

THE Brazilian Government is set to provide free medicines to treat hypertension and diabetes in a bid to end poverty, BBC News reports. 

The drugs will be distributed through a nationwide Popular Pharmacies network of 15,000 budget chemists and will be available to all patients with a doctor’s prescription. 

Newly elected president Dilma Rosseff indicated the new measure was part of a campaign to end poverty in Brazil.  

In 2009, hyper-tension and diabetes were responsible for 34% of deaths in Brazil. 

The country has been widely praised for providing free antiretroviral drugs to patients with HIV from 1996.