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South Africa and Uganda: The Tales of African Women (22 Sep 2005)


South Africa has once had the highest infection rate of HIV in the world, with 20% of its population being carriers. However, the country ’ s first national AIDS prevention programme was in place only 12 years after the first case was confirmed in 1982. Moreover, before 2003, patients were not provided anti-AIDS drugs.In the 1980s, AIDS was endemic in Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa. The general lack of medical knowledge resulted in flaws in preventive measures. In 1992, as much as 30% of the country ’ s population was infected. The condition has been improved greatly in recent years, with the government ’ s open attitude towards the handling of the disease, and the infection rate stands at around 6% now.The African women suffer from sexual discrimination and inequality. In Uganda, when a man dies, his wealth is snatched by male members of his family, leaving the widower homeless and penniless. Meanwhile, raping is common in South Africa.Although only one-tenth of the world ’ s population live in the part of Africa south of Sahara, third-quarter of female AIDS victims in the world, amounting to 13 million people, inhibit in the region, where one-fifth of girls aged 16 to 18 are infected. Prevention measures are urgently in need. Local church recruits young people to take care of AIDS patients to give them first-hand knowledge of the disease.The Genesis of the Christian Bible recounted that God took a rib from Adam to create a woman. In Africa, the men should treat the women equally. Only when government policies are in place can Africa truly becomes the Garden of Eden free of HIV.

Global Aid for AIDS
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2005
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