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Headline: Unrest in Kenya Could Worsen AIDS Situation

The current unrest in Kenya may irreversibly worsen the AIDS situation in the country. During peacetime, Kenya does a good job of getting antiretroviral drugs to its AIDS population. But, now 15,000 of the 600,000 dispersed Kenyans are HIV positive and are struggling to access the life-saving drugs.

One infected woman told the BBC that her stash of drugs was all she could carry when she fled her home after threats of rape by gangs. Even with the supply, on one meal a day, she is too weak to stand and cannot tolerate the meds.

Others don't have any access to their treatment. One woman was stranded for four weeks in her home. When health workers found her, she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. For her, and all living with the virus, failure to stick to the complicated treatment regime means drug resistant strains will take hold.

The crisis may have widespread impact. More and more AIDS patients will be harder to treat, exposing more and more people in Kenya to AIDS. As a result of this political crisis, HIV may claim more lives than the violence.

This report really made me think. Do you feel like we don't hear enough about the human toll in situations of political strife?


minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Amen, janneth.
janneth janneth 9 years
Many of these stories do not get widespread media coverage, unless the story involves white people or oil-connected countries.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I think people hear what they want to hear. If they can spend hours reading about what celeb got knocked up, then they can certainly do the research to inform themselves on what is occurring around the world. Ignorance is bliss.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
I recommend everyone join the SaveDarfur Coalition. This situation is a part of the bigger picture that this article talks about. We have a moral obligation to take care of our neighbors, even if they're an ocean away. SaveDarfur lets you help out in ways that are easy, but effective, and also provides bigger opportunities for people that can dedicate their time to this important cause. Check it out.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
I don't think we hear enough, no. Many times, people focus on civilians that are directly maimed or taken by the act of warfare itself - though now, we barely hear about those injured, even. BBC does a pretty good job of covering that, but we rarely hear about those who suffer and pass because of food and water shortages, lack of water coming into their communities, the effects of embargoes put in place (i.e. with Clinton and Iraq back in the day), the severe and extreme shortages of hospitals and medical care, etc. My father works with Doctors without Borders, and usually was stationed in Africa - both North and South - and remembers working with children who had been forced to be soldiers, and in Iraq, he was heartbroken upon return because the few medical facilities left open were constantly bombarded with bombs from all sides. In Palestine, for instance, we know Israel retaliates when faced with attacks from various groups, but we rarely hear that the 80% of the population that is Palestinian receives only 20% of the total water supply available throughout the region - this kills children faster than any crazy gunman does. I think it's sad that Western countries are sometimes so detached from the brutality of war. Not only do people stop thinking of those who suffer as being fellow human beings, but we allow our media to ignore the casualties imposed around the world just so we don't have to face reality. This is yet another reason why I'm going into the Peace Corps after my book is published - Africa is my home, and so near to my heart, and one of the many places in the world that is falling victim to the economic interests of superpowers like China and the US and social turmoil within individual nations.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
This is all terrible! :(
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