In this image from #Zambia, a stoic mother and her sister wash a #daughter dying from Aids related complications. This 18-year-old girl passed an hour after this photograph was taken. At the time, she died because she could not access anti-retroviral treatment. As we watch the #Trump tragedy, #ISIS, #Syria, the #Migrant crisis etc. #humanity seems to forget that infectious disease is still by far the biggest killer. It’s horrifying to see the #Pharma spend on erectile dis-function and realize how that compares to the funding for HIV AIDS. Globally, the number of #HIV+ people is over 37 000 000. Close to half that number can access ARV’s but the infections are increasing. At the end of 2016, $19.1 billion was available for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries. Domestic resources constituted 57% of the total resources for #HIV in low- and middle-income countries in 2016. #UNAIDS estimates that US$ 26.2 billion will be required for the #AIDS response in 2020 in low- and middle-income countries, with US$ 23.9 billion required in 2030. When you consider the GDP of those countries and their likely loan debt, you quickly see how disease devastates not only people but entire economies."
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