Thursday, May 27, 2010

Global Economic Crisis Affects HIV/AIDS Patients

A survey conducted Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) reveals that clinics have had to turn away new patients and fear running out of funding altogether.  The survey looked at AIDS work in eight African countries.  AIDS programs in Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe - and found that clinics in all these countries have all experienced funding cuts. Donors cite the global economic meltdown as the reason for drastically reduced gifts, but the result will be illness and death for those who can no longer get treatment. Doctors Without Borders worries that years of the progress against the disease will unravel.  See the story in the Chicago Tribune.

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