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AFRICA & HIV/AIDS - A CALL TO ACTION

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Urgent attention and action is required in tackling HIV/AIDS pandemic in rural communities in Africa.

Information and communication are of specific importance in preventing and mitigating the effects of HIV/AIDS. More effective communication about the disease and greater flows of information are central to the success of AIDS strategies, and for reducing the vulnerability that flows to and from HIV infection

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world most adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, with 14.8 million deaths (79% of the world’s total), 24.5 million living with the virus and 4 million newly infected each year. In absolute numbers, most of these people are women and youth living in rural areas.

It's typical to observe the absolute neglect of these rural communities within most developing countries. Governments are totally disenchanted from providing basic health care and infrastructure. However, efforts by the International Community in providing financial, medical or developmental aids to these impoverished communities are hijacked by greedy politicians who divert this assistance to their own selfish ends thereby, denying those that really need them the dividends of its benefit. Window dressed and cosmetics reports are forwarded to buttress achievements while there are actually no achievement.

Organizations not familiar with the difficult terrain zoom in and out without making any meaningful or long lasting impact on the people. These have left a vicious circle of under-development, anguish and death in these rural communities.

Worst of all these anomalies is the pandemic of HIV/AIDS, which is ravaging the rural African communities without any check. Sooner if no pro-active measures are taken to address this situation there may be catastrophic annihilation of people living in these rural communities by HIV/AIDS beyond our imagination.

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