Malnutrition, strikes worsen Zimbabwe AIDS situation

Zimbabwe AIDS situationFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – SIGNS of increased malnutrition among people living with HIV and AIDS on antiretroviral treatment are emerging in Zimbabwe, worsened by a devastating strike by doctors.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) raised alarm at the situation that is worsened by the country suffering severe drought, which is the most acute Southern Africa has suffered in years. Over 4 million Zimbabweans are food-insecure.
The UN agency warned of dire consequences and a reversal of breakthroughs attained against HIV/AIDS over the years in the Southern African country, which alongside Madagascar is worst affected by drought.
“There is a significant risk that development gains achieved could be lost,” said a WFP spokesperson.
Some 1,4 Zimbabweans, a tenth of the population live with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.
Doctors at public hospitals are on strike pressing for government to increase their allowances about ten times to US$10 (about R130) per hour.
The facilities are already struggling with shortages of drugs and under-funding from the government.
Meanwhile, to exacerbate the already serious food security, Zimbabwe is experiencing a worsening liquidity crises spurred by declining revenues, low growth, negative trade balance, increasing disinvestment and a rising budget deficit.
– CAJ News

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