Demanding Answers, Parents Uncover an Outbreak

When several children fell ill, parents in Pakistan’s Sindh province sought answers. Ultimately, 14 children aged 2-8 tested positive for HIV.

Sindh province is no stranger to HIV, accounting for almost half of Pakistan’s 150,000 positive cases.

But this tragedy cracked open a broader screening effort that unveiled 607 HIV positive cases as of May 20—including 494 children. Investigators unearthed unsafe practice and “evidence of quackery” at hundreds of facilities, including people who repackage and resell used syringes.

Officials also warn of a non-medical culprit in the outbreak: unscrupulous barbers.

NPR Goats and Soda

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