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Reuters AlertNet Examines How Lack of Experienced Nurses in Kenya Affects Country’s Efforts Against HIV/AIDS
Reuters AlertNet on Tuesday examined how the increasing number of experienced Kenyan nurses who seek work abroad has affected the country's "fight" against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Many nurses in Kenya receive an average monthly salary of less than $275 and depend on loans, spouses' incomes or a second job to meet their financial obligations, and as a result, nurses look for employment in hospitals and nursing homes in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand, according to Reuters AlertNet. Kenya has lost 3,390 of its most experienced nurses over the past five years. About one in 10 Kenyans contracted HIV during the 1990s, resulting in more patients who depend on the country's "already precarious" health care system, according to Reuters AlertNet. The situation in Kenya reflects a wider shortage of health care workers in Africa; the World Health Organization estimates that up to 20,000 qualified nurses and doctors leave the continent annually (Nguyen, Reuters AlertNet, 2/28).
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