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Cuba – A Regime’s Tight Grip on AIDS

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

HAVANA — Yudelsy García O’Connor, the first baby known to have been born with H.I.V. in Cuba, is not merely still alive. She is vibrant, funny and, at age 25, recently divorced but hoping to remarry and have children.

Her father died of AIDS when she was 10, her mother when she was 23. She was near death herself in her youth.

“I’m not afraid of death,” she said. “I know it could knock on my door. It comes for everyone. But I take my medicine.”

Ms. García is alive thanks partly to lucky genes, and partly to the intensity with which Cuba has attacked its AIDS epidemic. Whatever debate may linger about the government’s harsh early tactics — until 1993, everyone who tested positive for H.I.V. was forced into quarantine — there is no question that they succeeded.

Cuba now has one of the world’s smallest epidemics, a mere 14,038 cases. Its infection rate is 0.1 percent, on par with Finland, Singapore and Kazakhstan. That is one-sixth the rate of the United States, one-twentieth of nearby Haiti.

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Dire Health Situation in Sindh

Reflection by: Sindh Monitor – Translation by: Dr Khalid Zaman

The health situation in the Sindh province of Pakistan, specifically pertaining to those epidemics preventable and manageable, reflects a general lack of concern and commitment to the Sindhi people by the central Pakistan government. Using government reported facts, clear levels of inadequate health funding are shown. To demonstrate this point, the following article highlights cases of Hepatitis and Dengue Fever currently raging across the Sindh province and then reports on the general dismissal of these scourges by the Pakistan government. It then summarizes inadequacies in accepted health care standard measurements. Devaluing the lives of Sindhi people is a clear form of discrimination, and the handling of these epidemics requires international review.

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