December 1 is recognized as World AIDS Day. Annual reports are issued and the news is not encouraging.
At least not in Ukraine.
“Ukraine’s HIV infection rate, 1.3% of over-15s, is the worst in Europe. Ukraine and Russia account for 90% of all HIV cases in the region. Fewer than one-fifth of Ukrainian HIV patients receive anti-retroviral treatment. Botswana and Rwanda manage more than 80%.”
Read the full article from The Economist and also opinions of why this is so.
Ukraine Medical Outreach, Inc. continues to work among the doctors and the patients. We need to reduce the stigma associated with the people who have this disease, as well as with groups who are working to reduce the spread.
Much prayer is appreciated.