PBS NewsHour Examines Burden of Disease in Mozambique
October 21, 2010
A post on PBS NewsHour's "Rundown" blog profiles "a large and busy clinic run by the Mozambican government with a strong assist from Medecins Sans Frontieres" and examines the "burden" of disease on the country that can "only spend a relative pittance per citizen on health care," as "HIV and AIDS burn through national resources." The post states, "[t]oday, 5 million people in countries like Mozambique are kept alive by [antiretrovirals] ARVs. Fully half of those people are kept alive by the U.S. taxpayer. It's a stunning result, a costly commitment, and a quandary about which all countries of the world are going to have to have some serious and challenging discussions." The article adds that by providing ARVs, "policymakers have created a cost that really only heads in one direction: up." The post also addresses the Obama Administration's "intention to plateau spending on ARV support" and place added emphasis on capacity building and maternal health (Suarez, 10/20).
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