Many People in Southern Africa Too Weakened by AIDS to Cope With Food Shortage
The AIDS epidemic and the food shortage in Southern Africa are "almost too much to bear" for the "millions of men, women and children" who are weakened by the disease and "too fragile to cope with the current food shortages," the Christian Science Monitor reports today in the last part of a four-part series on the food crisis, titled "At the Heart of Hunger: Six African Nations on the Brink." The series has examined the effects of famine in the African nations of Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. The Monitor reports that many young men who typically work in the fields and harvest food for their families and communities have died from AIDS-related illnesses or are too weak from the disease to sow and reap the fields, causing a "hunger crisis" and putting "tremendous pressure on a population struggling to subsist" (Harman/Nelson, Christian Science Monitor, 11/15). The complete 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.