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Author:  Kamala Budhathoki Sarup
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Date:  April 23, 2016
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HIV/AIDS, Direct Threat To Health
Investing in the health sector makes good sense for socio-economic development. Health is a direct threat to life.

HIV/AIDS, Direct Threat To Health

Author:Kamala B. Sarup

Investing in the health sector makes good sense for socio-economic development. Health is a direct threat to life. Globally, the health infrastructure does not exist any more in many areas. Even people are dying in large numbers from : malaria, acute respiratory infections, anaemia and acute diarrhoea. "Declining nutrition in children, an increasing rate of tuberculosis, and a high prevalence of other infectious diseases among women and children.

It is known that forced migration completely disrupts normal delivery patterns of health services, including immunizations. What is definitely known is that poverty affect human health both directly and indirectly, by disrupting economic and social systems that address health needs. Recent research shows that increases in diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS and bubonic plague among others are associated with poor health system.

There is a need for better understanding of the full impact of environment on health. While the international medical community is slowly waking up and beginning to understand the complex relationships between health ,initiatives such as " Peace Through Health" (launched by the Physicians for Global Health Canada and supported by Lancet-McMaster peace conference) advocate for greater role for health professionals in promoting "health as a bridge to peace ". This practice is still to catch. Even from my understanding of the issues it seems that several countries have been able to make advances in health despite years of conflict (like Sri-Lanka).

They have done so by investing in education especially of women and children and primary care and not in sophisticated medical equipment. Sonal Singh said.Directly, poverty kills people and that is unhealthy for them. Indirectly, poverty redirects money from health pursuits to development pursuits, so the health of people suffers. On balance, considering the value of one person to be the same as any other person, the poverty impairs the overall health of the population; that is, more people suffer than benefit. Of course, when future benefits are considered, such as health reforms and facilities for later generations, then it can be argued that the health losses today are more than offset by the health benefits later.

Globally, the rural areas also have been badly affected by the bad health system so they are suffering from livelihood insecurity which manifests itself through a lack of food, shelter, employment and access to basic services. In most rural areas in globally, there is hardly any government personnel. So, the government will require assistance, both financial and technical. Both government and donors need to recognize that civil society particularly international and national NGOs has much to contribute. The strengthening of national civil society will contribute in the long term to ensuring greater accountability and transparency.

Besides, remote areas have still no access to roads and health facilities. More so, because of lack of medicines and timely treatment. In many key health indicators, such as mortality rates and disease prevention and eradication, some countries ranks among the worst countries in the world, and this is directly linked to thepoverty. Poor people have several other immediate needs. These include access to clean water and health care. In most countries, health posts need to be repaired, re-equipped, re-stocked with medicines, and staffed. Many of the health care staff need refresher training. And communities need to be involved and trained in the management of their health care systems. Clearly, a family in poor health is not going to be able to achieve food security.

Many people in the world, clearly want to see more investment in the area of health.Health education, on disease control and general health care, would be a major component.

Globally, we have even failed to add to the number of doctors in the public heath sector. Despite great potential natural wealth, leaving its citizens prey to famine, disease, and widespread human rights abuses.

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Biography - Kamala Budhathoki Sarup

Journalist and editor Kamala Budhathoki Sarup specializes in reporting news and writing stories covering Freedom, Peace, Public health, Democracy, Women/Children, development, justice and advocacy from her location inside the United States. Human rights, anti-terrorism, and economic development are also part of the work. She is an editor for mediaforfreedom.com. (To promote freedom, democracy, anti-terrorism, Literature, women rights, public health, peace and empowerment (http://mediaforfreedom.com) has a strong role to play). Its activities support in societies undergoing crisis and changes. Ms. Kamala Budhathoki Sarup has also written numerous reports which includes "Women's Empowerment", Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media," and "Efforts to Prevent Trafficking for Media Activism." You can see her work online now via her website http://mediaforfreedom.com/. Kamala is a regular contributor to Cape May County Herald. Kamala also was a regular contributor to UPI- Asia News. She also published two Stories collections and several poems. Her interests include philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. http://mediaforfreedom.com


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