Be in the (RED) | The Lazarus Effect
I don’t want to have to hurt you, but if you don’t read this post (thoughtfully) then I will virtually track you down, ask you for a high five and then smack your own hand into your face once I see your palm.
33 million people in the world have HIV, 22 million live in Africa. 67% of people with HIV live in Africa yet the continent is home to just 10% of the world’s population. The disease is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa with approximately 3,800 people dying every day from AIDS. It costs around 40 cents a day for the 2 antiretroviral pills needed to help keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy. Yet more than 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 a day.
AT least 1,300 people in Zimbabwe die of HIV and Aids-related illnesses every week with new infections estimated at 66 000, a slight drop from last year’s 66,156, a United Nations Programme on Aids (UNAIDS) official has said.
Just two antiretroviral pills a day, that cost about 40 cents each, can keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy.
The estimated number of new HIV infections in adults (15-49) peaked in 1992 to 234,999, but declined to 62,883 in 2008.
Last year, the new adult infections increased to 66,156.
The medical aid group – Doctors Without Borders – is warning of “dire consequences” due to a flatlining of international AIDS funding.
The group – also known as MSF – has released a new report called No Time to Quit: AIDS treatment gap widening in Africa. It’s based on an analysis of HIV/AIDS related programs in seven countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda and DRC.
The report says donor countries are “backing away” from their commitments to HIV/AIDS.
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