Shortage of Health Workers in Developing Countries Hindering Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS, Experts Say at AIDS Conference
August 5, 2008
Health worker shortages in developing countries are hindering efforts to fight HIV/AIDS as more physicians and nurses leave lower-income countries for wealthier nations where they receive higher salaries, HIV/AIDS leaders said Sunday at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Reuters reports.
UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot also discussed the need to increase efforts to encourage health workers to work in developing countries. Piot said that HIV/AIDS is "far from over" and that "[t]here is a need to expand treatment to those who do not yet have treatment" (Lyn, Reuters, 8/3).
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