February 23, 2012
Burma in Serious Need of HIV, TB Drugs
Because of a poor health system and lack of international aid, roughly 85,000 HIV-positive people in Burma aren't receiving treatment—and things could get worse, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Faced with reduced donations, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has cut funding that would have provided HIV medications to 46,500 Burmese and treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis to another 10,000. Burma, which has one of the worst health care systems in the world—despite reform efforts by its newly elected government—suffers from triple the global rate of drug-resistant tuberculosis, a major killer of people who have HIV.
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