Dying from a Treatable Disease

February 23, 2016 5:31 AM

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Dying from a Treatable Disease

In rural Malawi it is not uncommon for neighbours to see a skeletal man being pushed in a wheelbarrow by his son or his brother. The frail man is being taken to the nearest clinic because he is too sick from HIV to walk. When they arrive, he is given anti-retroviral medication. But it is likely to be too late. So instead of being sent home, he is sent to the men's ward nicknamed the "death ward".

On the other hand, most women in rural Malawi regularly walk to the clinic. They receive dedicated services for their pregnancies and for their young children and are routinely tested for HIV. If they are found to be infected they are immediately started on anti-retroviral medication. This enables t...

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