How the West Was Lost

ELCA Young Adult Cohort AIDS2014

The 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC) is the largest gathering of clinicians, scientists, activists, advocates, journalists, government officials, and people living with HIV in the world, to address the global pandemic of AIDS.

Historically, this event has been heavily attended by African Nationals, with registration of African Nationals sometimes accounting for half of the total participation at the IAC; and rightfully so. Africa accounts for 25 million of the 35 million people living with HIV, equaling 71% of the epidemic worldwide. With 10% of the world’s population, 20% of the world’s overall health burden, but only 3% of the world’s healthcare providers, Africa is heavily burdened by malaria (#1 most deadly disease in Africa), tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS with an inadequate supply of care to address this massive burden. As one result, Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 8 of the top 10 countries in the world with the highest number of…

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