Costly Cutbacks

US plans to slash foreign aid for HIV by 1/3 would cost lives and bring little savings, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  

The planned cuts could lead to 500,000 more HIV cases and more than 1.6 million more deaths in South Africa alone over 10 years. The researchers estimate savings of just $600-$900 for every year of life lost in South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire.
The Quote: “This is not an epidemic we can kick down the road and think it will go away,” said lead author Rochelle Walensky of Harvard Medical School.

Source: Reuters

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