The Impact Of AIDS In Sub-Saharan Africa

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, also known as AIDS, has considerably influenced society in Sub-Saharan Africa. The prevalence (the number of people living with AIDS) and the incidence (number of new cases) measurements of the epidemic have slowing been decreasing. In 2002, 5.3 million people, including 189,000 infants were reported having HIV or AIDS (UNICEF, 2016). Statistics have shown that since then the circumstances have changed because as of 2013, only 24.7 million people are living with AIDS and there are predicted to be 1.5 million new cases (Do Something 2016). The struggle against AIDS has depleted many financial resources in Africa and has forced other countries to take action. The overwhelming restoration of the overall health …show more content…
Since the death toll for AIDS is critically high, there is an increased need for workers. Which leads to decreased productivity and in order to maintain stability in the workforce, Africa has started to import more goods and much fewer exports. This has slowly been putting Africa into more and more debt. Major labor divisions in Africa are being limited as to how effective they are due to increased morbidity. For instance, in South Africa, 20% of nurses are HIV positive, which limits to how much health care they can provide without infecting patients (Dixon 2002). As a result of the combined morbidity rate and incidence measurements, the workforce is being profoundly impacted. In addition, not only is the need for labor increasing due to death because of the fact people with AIDS can no longer work in most industries. Many adolescents, with little to no knowledge of any profession, have become the primary use in the workforce.Which again leads to less productivity and more economical …show more content…
An antiretroviral drug is a medication that stops the replication of HIV strains in the body. This medication is not curative but helps to reduce symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Which allows people to live somewhat healthy and normal lives The Worldwide Health (WHO) has been supplying this specific treatment to Africa. About 15.8 million have received treatment and it is estimated 2030 AIDS will no longer be a crisis. This solution is successful because the treatment is causing a consistent drop in HIV/AIDS infections. For instance after 2014, it has been calculated that over almost 20 million people in the sub-Saharan have been given the drug. Antiretroviral has drastically impacted society in

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