Treatment Gap, Spending Chasm

AIDS treatment and prevention has broadly improved across Africa, but uneven spending has meant uneven progress, leaving West and Central Africa behind.

Journalist Siobhan O'Grady highlights the startling effects of the neglect: AIDS-related deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in the region increased 35% from 2010-2016, and 80% of the region’s infected children aren’t on antiretroviral therapy.

The treatment disparity is linked to a spending chasm: In recent years, eastern and southern Africa have seen 5 times more HIV/AIDS spending than West and Central Africa. In Nigeria, where the problem looms large, minors can’t seek blood work without parental consent, and fear of stigma keeps many child diagnoses mum.

The Los Angeles Times

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