UN fears 500,000 additional AIDS deaths in Africa by 2021


UN fears 500,000 additional AIDS deaths in Africa by 2021

The United Nations fears that the corona crisis in Africa could cause an additional 500,000 deaths from AIDS or related diseases by 2021.

Fears that the number of victims will double compared to 2018

The United Nations fears that the corona crisis in Africa could cause an additional 500,000 deaths from AIDS or related diseases by 2021.

According to an estimate by the WHO and the UNAIDS organization, the number of victims would double compared to 2018. Everything must be done so that there is no six-month interruption in the supply of HIV-infected people with antiviral therapy, the organizations wrote in a joint appeal based on various scenarios.

Many facilities for HIV patients are currently closed due to the fight against the coronavirus or the supply chain with anti-AIDS drugs has been interrupted. If this condition persists, the outbreak of the immune deficiency disease threatens. “We have to see this as a wake-up call to all countries to maintain their important healthcare facilities,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

An estimated 26 million people live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the WHO, 16.4 million of them receive antiviral therapy that is supposed to protect against the onset of the disease. A few weeks ago, the WHO issued a similar warning regarding malaria. This infectious disease could also cause significantly more deaths than in the past due to the deficiencies associated with COVID-19 in other areas.



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