HIV/AIDS Programs' Limited Time Spans, Other Issues Hinder Efforts to Curb Disease in Mozambique, Official Says
August 15, 2007
The limited time span and lack of sustainability and diversity of many HIV/AIDS programs in Mozambique are undermining efforts to address effectively the epidemic in the country, Cornelio Balane, executive director of the Mozambican Business Against AIDS Association, also known as EcoSIDA, said Friday during a lecture in Maputo, Mozambique, AIM/AllAfrica.com reports.
In addition, the spread of HIV in the workplace weakens companies by causing employee absenteeism, loss of trained staff, additional costs involved in the adjustment and replacement of staff, and medical expenses for those who are sick, according to EcoSIDA. "The workplace is the best location to spread messages on HIV/AIDS and carry out awareness campaigns because this is where workers spend most of their time, but it is still being neglected," Balane said.
National surveys show HIV/AIDS prevalence in Mozambique rose from 13% in 2002 to 16% in 2004 and will reach 20% by 2020. Other data show that the country has lost about 8% of its work force to the disease (AIM/AllAfrica.com, 8/13).
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