Aids in Africa Essay 21

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Africa's AIDS Epidemic Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has become an epidemic for many underdeveloped regions. Although it does exist in the developed nations, it is more prevalent in places like South America, Asia, the island countries and most heavily of all Africa. There are many aspects to the problem of AIDS in Africa. Public health departments lack the resources to treat patients properly and to control the epidemic through education. Thirty-three million people have AIDS in the world. Africa has two-thirds of that number. According to the United Nations Aids Program on HIV/Aids, and World Health Organization (WHO), estimates, seven out of ten people newly infected with HIV in 1998 live in sub Saharan Africa.…show more content…
According to Jill Sherman in Pretoria of Times Newspapers Ltd., a 100 million-dollar program to fight AIDS worldwide has been announced by Tony Blair. Officials say the money will go towards the United Nations AIDS program (UNAIDS) and to projects to help particular victims such as those at Nazareth House, an orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa, where most of the children are HIV positive or have AIDS (The Times). Scientists said that they have harnessed a protein that can force cells infected with HIV to commit suicide. "It's absolutely amazing. It's literally a gift from God, " said Steven Dowdy of the Howard Hughes Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, who led the study. (Reuters) Also, an AIDS virus obtained from a patient in Kenya has been used to prepare a new vaccine against the AIDS menace, the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) reported. The project is called the internal AIDS vaccine initiative. Universities rather than pharmaceutical companies head the program, the vaccine would be affordable to poor people in Africa if it is proved viable. (Dr. Omu Anzala, Kenya's leading virologist) The vaccine will be tested first in England to allay any potential allegations the people in Africa were being used as guinea pigs. There are13 sub-types of the AIDS virus worldwide with strains A, C and D common in Africa, while strain B is common in America and Europe. In making the vaccine the scientists were
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