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Community workers in C.A.R deliver HIV drugs to patients

Central African Republic

<p>In remote parts of the Central African Republic, community workers deliver <span class="caps">HIV</span>/AIDS drugs to patients.</p> <p>Communities in the south-eastern region of Zemio, struggle to have access to government’s services or supplies due to years of conflict.</p> <p>“There is poverty here, there is starvation here. Women have had to resort to sex to scrape together 0.17 cents for their survival”, Bienvenu, a nurse at the Zemio hospital said.</p> <p>Marina has been living with <span class="caps">HIV</span> since 2010. Two years ago, she left the country after fighting broke out in her home area. She returned to Zemio, a couple of months ago despite the insecurity to access treatment</p> <p>“Before I was strong and healthy with the treatment. Due to the violence, I had to flee to <span class="caps">DRC</span>. We did not have anything to eat, it was very hard. I could not take my pills, that’s when I got sick again…the viral load became very high”, she said.</p> <p>The initiative was set up in 2016 by medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres to bring together people living with <span class="caps">HIV</span> who can support each other.</p> <p>“The nurses came to check my viral load…I am now undetectable”, Fiacre, a community <span class="caps">ARV</span> group member said.</p> <p>The United Nations has said, about 470,000 people living with <span class="caps">HIV</span> in Africa still die every year because they cannot or do not get tested and gain access to treatment. This accounts for more than 60 percent of all global <span class="caps">HIV</span>-related deaths.</p> <p><strong>Reuters</strong></p>

There is poverty here, there is starvation here. Women have had to resort to sex to scrape together 0.17 cents for their survival.

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