Aids in Africa

by Cameron Wolfe

Background Information

Recently, Africa has become one of the most affected continents by HIV/AIDS in the entire world. Many countries in Africa, such as Zimbabwe, are not able to appropriately respond to this problem because of weak economic conditions and political unrest. However, other countries, such as Botswana, have had an effective response to HIV/AIDS and are setting example for other Areas in Africa. Many families in Africa are affected by this disease, and a large amount of people have lost their lives.

How is the problem being solved?

Recently, the response to AIDS around the world has greatly increased. However, the epidemic still continues. AIDS has greatly affected the children in Africa, and people around the world have made efforts to better inform these children about the AIDS virus, as well as their families. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have not had good responses to this problem. For this reason they look up to the countries that are doing well, and try to follow the steps they have taken in order to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the area. These countries act as role models for the other countries in Africa.

What else needs to be done?

Although the people of Africa are trying to solve this problem, many more steps could be taken to help decrease the spread of AIDS. One possible step the government could take to prevent spread of AIDS is to provide medical treatment and counseling for adults. These perks could help decrease the number of adults affected by AIDS, which will in turn decrease the number of children affected by the disease. The government should also increase the effort to inform people about the disease. If people were properly informed about AIDS, they could help fight the disease as well.

How should this problem be addressed?

Decrease in the spread of AIDS is urgent in Africa. Not only is AIDS destroying various countries in Africa but it also decreases tourism, which is a large source of income in sub-Saharan countries. This problem should be addressed directly, and everybody in Africa should do their part to prevent the disease. Although the problem is already quite serious, if not addressed properly it could get much worse.

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