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AIDS discrimination in health care system - study
Tuesday 7 September 2004
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NAMIBIA: AIDS discrimination in health care system - study

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JOHANNESBURG, 22 June (PLUSNEWS) - State clinics and health workers in Namibia have been accused of maltreatment and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

According a local newspaper, The Namibian, the accusations were made after the recent release of a study by the AIDS organisation, Lironga Eparu, which reflect the feelings of 214 people living with the HI virus.

"Health care for HIV-positive people at state clinics and hospitals is currently a lottery, determined by where you are and which health care workers attend to you," the study said.

The research also revealed that information on anti-AIDS drugs had not reached some HIV-positive people, even in towns where the medicines were available.



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UN agencies launch emergency appeal,  10/Mar/04
PWAs hopeful about treatment programme,  10/Dec/03
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
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