AIDS ‘Deepening the Misery’ of Famine in Southern Africa, Washington Post Reports
Southern Africa, where as many as 20 million people are afflicted by hunger or malnutrition, is experiencing the "worst food shortage in nearly 60 years," and HIV/AIDS is "deepening the misery," the Washington Post reports today in a front-page story. Hunger is "accelerat[ing] the onset" of AIDS-related illnesses and death among household breadwinners. According to the Post, the AIDS epidemic is "compound[ing] the food problems" by leaving the elderly and children to care for the sick, plant and harvest the crops and take "odd jobs" for extra income. The Post focuses on Malawi, where one in six adults is HIV-positive (Jeter, Washington Post, 5/10). The full article is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.