Plan to Close Independent HIV/AIDS Clinics in Mozambique Raises Concerns, Protests
March 30, 2009
Advocates in Mozambique recently protested outside a hospital in the capital of Maputo against the announcement that specialized care units for HIV/AIDS treatment in the country will be closed, the SAPA/Times reports. According to the SAPA/Times, people living with HIV/AIDS use the independently run clinics -- known as Centro Dia -- for services like counseling, treatment, testing and follow-up care. Advocates are concerned that patients could lose their privacy and face increased discrimination if they are integrated into the regular health services at centers around the country. Mozambican authorities say that it is not necessary for the services provided by Centro Dia to be separate from those offered under the National Health Service.
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