Extended Political Turmoil Puts Zimbabwe's HIV/AIDS Gains at Risk
August 21, 2008
Speaking on condition of anonymity, representatives of two Zimbabwean non-governmental organizations serving HIV/AIDS patients said their work remains significantly curtailed by a government ban on the distribution of humanitarian aid by NGOs. Although Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said the ban would be lifted where HIV/AIDS was concerned, the groups said they are still not able to resume food deliveries to people living with the disease. It is difficult to quantify whether the AIDS death rate has climbed since the policy was invoked, said Itai Rusike of the Community Working Group on Health, because mortality statistics are maintained by doctors on the government's payroll. Further, he said, most of the poor with AIDS are dying at home, making it difficult to obtain an accurate count.
Voice of America
08.18.2008; Carole Gombakomba
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.