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aids action plan

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AIDS Action Plan Acquired immune deficiency syndrome , AIDS, is a disease which develops from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It affects many around the world in many ways. One of the many places that has been largely effected is the Sub-Sahara. There are over 40 million people world- wide affected by AIDS. Many dillemas are faced when trying to resolve the crisis of AIDS and in this report these problems will be discussed. 29th February 2008 Presented by: Ayesha Mirchandani Introduction Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS is diagnosed upon a collection of symptoms and is due to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks and weakens one's immune system, gradually destroying it. Although many don't get the symptoms of HIV for many years, the first symptoms can appear within six weeks. Symptoms include flu-like illness, sore throats, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and rashes. The virus can then take from between one year and more than ten years to develop into AIDS. An indication of AIDS may be developing severe weight loss over a short period of time, serious infections and cancers such as Lymphoma. There is no cure for AIDS, and once it has been diagnosed, it severly impacts a person's ability to live a normal life, ultimately leading to death. ...read more.

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The deaths of teachers or absenteeism of teachers result in a decrease in quality of education and a decrease in supply of teachers. A study conducted in Zambia showed that, of about 1.7 million primary school students, approximately 56,000 lost a teacher to AIDS in 1999. In Rakai district of Uganda a study found that total enrolments in three primary schools went from 1,532 in 1989 to 50 in 1993. A lack of knowledge and education causes uneducated people and political leaders not to notice the seriousness of AIDS and some not knowing what it is or how to prevent it. In Zambia, projections yield a population aged 15 and below (school- aged children) at 5.8 million in 2010, 1.4 million less that it would have been in the absence of HIV and AIDS. The AIDS pandemic effects society horribly. Deaths in households because of AIDS cause losses of income and losses of savings, assets and property, which result in changes in the household composition , losses of money for children's education and a declination in children's nutritional status. HIV also causes an increase of house- hold expenditures (medical costs) and absenteeism, that also result in losses of money for children's education and a declination in children's nutritional status. ...read more.

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Society To change the point of view of locals, and erase discrimination and stigma from people's minds and to make condoms "socially acceptable", a program like the ABC (Abstain, Be faithful, or use Condoms) could hold discussions of sexual behaviour out in to the open, involving those who are HIV-positive and counsel couples. The ABC program was used in Uganda in the 1990's and was an accomplishment. The head of state or government would be responsible to funding such a program because he/she usually holds the citizens trust and are capable to persuade residents. Conclusion To conclude, HIV/AIDS is a world wide problem and must be tackled by everyone. The disease affects all kinds of people, from poor to rich, young to old and is impossible to stop unless we do something. A pandemic like the HIV/AIDS outbreak slows down development thus results in a disaster. It's problems impacts the world of economy ,education and society. There are simple solutions that can fight HIV. Just a few modifications to our lives can change everything. Support given by everyone can erase the idea of discrimination and stigma of AIDS, which holds many back from acting and helping. We must break the vicious cycle of AIDS that brings poverty , misery and more expense into lives. Not every action has to be taken by a charity organization, the usage of a condom can save many lives. ...read more.

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