HIV/AIDS in Ukraine
CHILD HIV/AIDS SERVICES provides information on organizations and key government contacts working with and for infected / affected children and youth. It is hoped that the directory will enhance the efforts to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on children in South Africa by providing a resource that facilitates collaboration, information sharing and research.
Aids-related illnesses were among the major causes of death in South Africa in 2005, with the country posting a 3.3 percent jump in the total number of deaths, South Africa's statistical office said. Mortality figures released by Statistics South Africa showed that TB, influenza and pneumonia were the biggest killers in the country in 2005, with experts suggesting that these were probably the result of the country's HIV/Aids pandemic.
A new report from Swaziland's Health Ministry indicates that 38.6 percent of the kingdom's adults are infected with HIV, up from 34.2 percent at the beginning of 2002. According to Integrated Regional Information Networks, the new figure means Swaziland has the world's highest HIV infection rate (IRIN, Dec. 31). The Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, however, lists Botswana as having the world's highest HIV rate, with 38.8 percent (UNAIDS Web site). Swazi King Mswati III declared HIV/AIDS a national crisis, but scant government funding has been allocated to combat the disease, IRIN reports. The budget for all health needs in Swaziland, which has a population of 1 million, is US$ 4.1 million for 2002-03. Swaziland has a few hospices here and there, but nothing uniform, and nothing that can meet the number of AIDS patients in the country, said Thuli Dladla, an official with the National Emergency Response Committee on HIV/AIDS. UNICEF representative Alan Brody said the new HIV statistics represent just a projection of the misery to come. People who acquired HIV seven to 10 years ago are at the end of the gestation period, and are now developing AIDS, he said, adding that 20,000 Swazis per year were developing AIDS (IRIN). (Source: UNWIRE, 2 January 2003.)