Hiv In Sub Saharan Africa Essay

3311 words - 14 pages

HIV/AIDS treatments:
Sub-Saharan African nations still have a long way to go

HIV-AIDS has infected over thirty million people in the world. Over 95% of all AIDS cases in the world are in Africa and in some of those countries over 40% of the people are infected (Frederickson and Kanabus HIV and AIDS in Africa 1). AIDS does not solely affect homosexuals, or any certain ethnicity of people, either; HIV-AIDS can affect any type of ethnicity including African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Indians, and Hispanic people. AIDS cannot be reversed or cured, but with proper treatment this deadly virus can be controlled and people can live a nearly normal life. In Africa, though, proper treatment ...view middle of the document...

Some findings demonstrate that in one of the poorest South Africa rural provinces, persons presenting for hospital-based HIV/AIDS ( the wealthy) care had a higher socioeconomic profile and better treatment than HIV-infected persons living in the community (the poor) ( Tsai, Chopra, Pronyk, Martinson). That situation do not only occur in South Africa some other countries exhibit the same attitude. In Cameroon for example, the numbers of infected HIV patients is way too much compared to the numbers of antiretroviral treatment. Therefore, hospitals staff give priority to those who can have a higher social status and to those who can afford to pay extra to receive the medicine. The ones with no money, no insurance are not even taken care of, not even the least consideration for their disease; they are left to their own faith. Hence more, the above situation mostly affect new born babies from deprived family. Without proper treatment, one-third of HIV positive babies die within their first year of life (IRIN news). This number is way too high considering the fact that they could have been able to be saved and life a healthier, long life had them have privileges or a high enough position in the society rank. Also, according to antenatal Clinic Data in Durban’s eThekwini district, one of the depressed region in South Africa, there is about 93,000 HIV-positive children whose families cannot seek for medical treatment because of their race, their ethnicity and the social status (IRIN news). In the above district, being poor is already a shame, couple that with being HIV- positive, most hospitals will close their doors to those categories of people without a blink of an eye. Basically, hospitals in most part of Sub-Saharan Africa are driven by the fact that health care is a privilege, which can only be given to the chosen one, those are determined by the size of the pocket or the rank occupied in the society’s latter. In their research, Kimani-Murage, Manderson, Norris and Kahn state: “Structural barriers affecting healthcare access in Africa include financial and organizational constraints, high levels of poverty, high unemployment and the ongoing socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS”.
The other major problem why HIV/AIDS patients are given inferior treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa is the fact that the health providers lack appropriate training to deal with the disease. HIV is a disease like any other ones, but people infected with the virus has to be taken care with a lot of precaution precision. Providers with a lack of certain trainings can deteriorate the patient health instead of ease the pain for him. Most medical doctors in Africa have completed their degrees in their own country where state of the art education is not provided. They know all there is to know but for the most part, they do not attend any refreshment seminaries or keep up-to-date with the current techniques out there especially in today’s world where a single information can change...

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