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SWAZILAND: HIV/AIDS reversing hunger and poverty alleviation

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JOHANNESBURG, 18 August (PLUSNEWS) - The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland is reversing poverty alleviation efforts by the government and international humanitarian groups.

"There is a ghastly synergy at work with HIV/AIDS in Swaziland," the principal secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr John Kunene, was quoted as saying by PANOS, a development NGO.

"Like a row of falling dominoes, the impact on one area strikes another area," said Kunene. "The result is more poverty at a time when poverty eradication is a national priority, and less food production during the middle of a drought and food-security crisis."

A recent UNAIDS report noted that the epidemic in Swaziland "has assumed devastating proportions" and the country shows no sign of a decline in HIV prevalence.



Recent SWAZILAND Reports
HIV positive Swazis take govt to task over ARV supply,  6/Dec/05
Relief for the elderly as pensions go up,  21/Nov/05
Hospitals run out of ARVs,  18/Nov/05
Country's first urban OVC care centre rising to the needs,  15/Nov/05
New law says death to child rapists in fight against AIDS,  9/Nov/05
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