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On today's show: in honor of December First's World AIDS Day, we take a look at AIDS in Malawi, and how US-led global economic policies exacerbate the crisis in Africa.
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Rustbelt Radio for November 30, 2009
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We now bring you today's special episode in honor of World AIDS Day.
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Between 1981 and 2007, over 25 million people have died as a result of AIDS. Governments, NGOs, community groups, and even foundations have worked over the last 3 decades to address this pandemic. Malawi is an African nation with one of the highest infection rates in the world. In 2005, approximately 14.1 percent of the adult population ages 15 to 49 was living with HIV/AIDS.
Since the early 2000's Doctors without Borders has worked to provide healthcare to patients living with HIV in one of the poorest district of Malawi. They provide medical care to 1 district in malawi that has a population of (300K) people. 20,000 of those residents are treated by DWB and 13K are on HIV medications, one of the poorest districts in the south of the country. Pittsburgh based Dr. Siamak Malek ( SEA- ah-MACK MAL-eck) spent August 2008 to July 2009 working for Doctors without Borders.
DWB started the project in 2001 to provide evidence that providing medication to patients will add to their life span. At the time, institutions such as the IMF and World Bank were arguing that the medications wouldn't make a difference. This was an attempt to prevent 3rd world countries from producing their own medicines (so US companies could control the market)
Dr. Malek spoke in Pittsburgh in September of 2009. He talks about his work in Malawi, and how US led economic policies pushed through the WB&IMF exacerbate the AIDS crisis and lead to unnecessary deaths.
You've been listening to Dr. Siamak Malek, who worked with Doctors without Borders to serve HIV patients in Malawi from 2008-2009. In honor of World Aids Day which falls on December 1st, there will be free HIV testings and educational events taking place around the city.
from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "It's estimated that 20% of people with HIV do not know they are infected. Although only 13% of (allegheny) county's population is African-American, 39% in the county living with HIV/AIDS are black. 20% of people living with HIV/AIDS are women, 18% contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
Please call the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force at _____ for more information.
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