West, Central African Nations Need Increased Access To HIV Treatment, MSF Report Says

Humanosphere: West and Central Africa falling behind in the fight against HIV and AIDS, report finds
“…In West and Central Africa, a region that covers 25 countries, a Doctors Without Borders report released [Tuesday] has highlighted that 27 percent of all global deaths attributable to the AIDS pandemic occur in these countries. Furthermore, the region also represents 21 percent of all new HIV infections as well as 45 percent of the global total of children born HIV-positive…” (Ensor, 4/20).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Global HIV drive hampered without drugs for ‘neglected’ West and Central Africa
“A global drive to help curb the HIV epidemic by 2020 will fail unless millions of people with the virus in West and Central Africa receive life-saving drugs, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Wednesday. … Only one in four adults and one in 10 children living with HIV in West and Central Africa have access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, compared to almost half of HIV sufferers in Eastern and Southern Africa, MSF said…” (Guilbert, 4/19).

VOA News: Report: West and Central Africa Need More Focus on HIV Treatment
“…The report urges United Nations agencies, European donor agencies, national governments, and civil society to fast-track a plan to scale up antiretroviral treatment for countries in West and Central Africa where less than one-third of the population in need is currently getting treatment…” (4/20).

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