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Brundtland Warns Russia of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Crisis
World Health Organization head Gro Harlem
Brundtland last week "urged"
Russia to employ "strong measures" to prevent the spread of
HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, Reuters reports.
Speaking in Moscow, Brundtland said that the number of reported
HIV cases "had doubled each year for the past five years" and now
stands at 60,000. "As well as intravenous drug users, HIV has
already reached sex workers and we know from experience with
other countries that it will move into the general population if
broad action is not taken," she said. Brundtland stated that
Russia's prisons are the "core" of the country's tuberculosis
problem, as 10% of the Russian prison population has the disease.
In discussing the rising dangers of tobacco, drug and alcohol
addiction in Russia, Brundtland noted the fragile and inequitable
state of the country's health care system. "Building the primary
health care system so that it reaches the whole population and
even poor people have access to treatment and drugs is an
important part of addressing these problems," she said
(FitzGerald, Reuters, 11/6).
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