How The Impacts of HIV/AIDS effects families

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How the impacts of HIV/AIDS filters through generations of families. (Information and extracts from a Prize Winning report by Kimberely Lye, in memory of David W. Smith. FULL PIECE IN APPENDIX.) HIV and AIDS are included within the cycle of poverty in the poor countries of the world. It is proven that it affects people within the economically active age groups (15-60 years). Due to the extremely high density of poor countries and the high risks from fatal diseases that take advantage of the HIV’s immune destroying effects, the impacts of HIV/AIDS have become much more noticeable within the urban areas of many LEDCs. Africa (as shown in appendix case study; “Sub-Saharan Africa”) is a place where the impacts of HIV/AIDS has been prevalent amongst the widespread poverty stricken region. The people within poverty have poor nutrition, live in poorly built and poorly ventilated homes and very often do not have access to safe, clean water and so are vulnerable to serious infections and do not have access to medicines or treatment. This disease has the greatest impact on the economically active of the population. In Uganda, it was estimated that from 1985-1989 a quarter of all losses within production was directly linked to HIV/AIDS and in 2000 the figure rose to more than one-half. This has lead to a rebalancing of the age structure in developing countries; with a significant drop in the amount of people aged 15-49. Directly affected the population pyramids of countries with higher amounts of dependant people, children and the aged, which is leading to bigger strains on already fragile economies. “Currently it is estimated that 5 million people are dying every year from HIV/AIDS and this situation only shows signs of getting worse. HIV/AIDS are becoming increasingly prevalent in countries such as China and India, which account for 42% of the world’s population and

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