April 5, 2011
More U.S. Doctors Going to Africa to Fight HIV
The number of U.S.-based doctors traveling abroad to help fight the HIV epidemic in countries sorely lacking health care workers is on the rise, The New York Times reports. The increase is fueled in part by funding from the American government and nonprofit foundations. Places like sub-Saharan Africa—a region with a quarter of the world’s diseases but only 3 percent of the world’s health care workers—are getting a boost. Traveling doctors, who often accept low-paying jobs to work where there is need, in return receive loan forgiveness and invaluable experience. Numbers are expected to rise now that more than 70 universities in the United States and Canada are offering formal programs in global health.
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