Venezuela’s National AIDS Program Suffers Under Country’s Economic Collapse
Globe and Mail: In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins
“…Back when I was covering the African epidemic [more than a decade ago], Venezuela was invoked with admiration: This country has had free, public treatment for HIV since 1999. Its AIDS program was a model for countries throughout the developing world. … But Venezuela is now years into a political and economic crisis that began under that same socialist government, implemented by Hugo Chavez. Nationalizations, price and currency controls mean there are chronic shortages, and the once-leading AIDS program is in ruins…” (Nolen, 6/21).