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S. Public Health Service recommended use of AZT by pregnant women. Four years later, the disease had been declared a “state of emergency” in black communities and Congress established the Minority HIV/ AIDS initiative, backed by $156 million. ) Hoping for a preventive vaccine for AIDS, the group called on world governments with this appeal: “AIDS is the Great Plague of our modern era . . org/callforaction). S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented Mandela’s Children’s Fund with $5 million, and both chambers of Congress approved a bill making $1 billion available, over two years, for global prevention, treatment, and research.

Also every minute, six people between the ages of 15–24 become HIV-infected, and as more than 500,000 children under age 15 died from AIDS in 2007 some 13 million children have lost either one or both parents to the pandemic. You should know, too, that AIDS is causing a decline in life expectancy in 51 countries around the world in the next two decades, a demographic effect without precedent in our times (Rwomire, 2001). , 1999). “Remember,” Danny Schechter (2000, p. 4), executive editor of MediaChannel reminds us, “Diseases kill people.

Imagine: nearly 3 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS! A male-dominated society, with women considered inferior and no legal age for marriage, government spending on the disease has had a low priority. Essential obstetric care facilities in Nigeria are known to be hurting, with shortages of staff, drugs, and supplies, long waiting times, outdated equipment, and limited continuing education for health workers. Still, assessing both traditional and modern Nigerian health systems, Falola and Heaton (2006) think the current health outlook is improving.

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