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The Ravages of HIV/AIDS: An Ongoing Public Health Emergency Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Pedus, Australia Dec 5, 2007
Media , Health , Human Rights   Opinions


The Ravages of HIV/AIDS: An Ongoing Public Health Emergency
The world has to pay particular attention to Sub-Saharan Africa where lack of access to healthcare, poverty, illiteracy, cultural myths, lack of social infrastructure, unemployment and stigma have synergistically threatened meaningful progress in combating the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the most affected of all the regions across the world with more than two out of three (68%) adults and nearly 90% of children infected with HIV. The region also recorded more than three in four (76%) AIDS death in 2007 (UNAIDS/WHO, 2007), a demonstration of unmet needs in the area of prevention and treatment. The world is becoming increasingly globalised and evidently the problem of AIDS in Africa is no longer a problem of Africans alone as distant neighbours have both economically and socially become close friends. The rest of the world, especially the west has a moral responsibility to respond to the needs of AIDS sufferers in Africa and elsewhere more than ever, and to support and facilitate prevention programmes aimed at hurting the incidence of the disease worldwide. However, African governments need to rise to the challenges of the time; refrain from corruption; uphold democratic legitimacy; promote democratic institutions and maintain transparency and accountability in leadership. In that way any external donor could be encouraged to develop a more formidable partnership because meaningful, evidence-based steps are being taken to this end. The scourge of HIV/AIDS continues to threaten human existence and calls for a more integrated, collective multi-system approach needs to be heeded to. This would ensure that human capital, which will fuel human development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, doesn’t continually succumb to the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

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I was born in Nigeria and was educated in Nigeria, USA and Australia. I am the founder and president of Christina-Mae Recruitment Consortium Australia and the author of the book "When Things Go Wrong: Concepts of Change". I am also the co-founder of Child Aid Survival and Development International (CASDI). As a freelance journalist, I have contributed to a number of professional journals and newspapers, as well as worked in a number of e-journalism projects. I have traveled extensively and currently call Australia and the USA home with extensive involvement in African Human Rights issues.

MERCY IHEKORONYE | Dec 31st, 2007
This is not a comment rather it is a question.Please what efforts have you as an individual and a citizen of Nigeria done to curb the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria,and what efforts have you made in order to network with youths in Nigeria to fight this disease,because when youths in Nigeria can have a mind set,such that they detest the disease and not those living with it, then the spread of this disease can be reduced.Also when Nigerian youths are equiped with the right knowledge about this disease,a lot will be done rather than said.In Nigeria there are a huge number of young people who don't have the right knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

MERCY IHEKORONYE | Mar 3rd, 2008
I have read about you,via tig and i'm impressed keep the good work up and going,so many Nigerian young people are looking up to you . Cheers.

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