How Mozambique is coping with AIDS

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In this moving and educational story published online by the Inter Press Service, journalist Mercedes Sayagues uses striking photos and alarming statistics to describe the tough conditions facing people living with HIV in Mozambique, which has the eighth-highest rate of HIV in the world.


Mozambique struggles to contain the HIV epidemic with one
in ten among its 24 million people infected.
Helping them is not easy when only 60 percent of people
have access to health services.There are five doctors
and 25 nurses per 100,000 people. In neighbouring South
Africa, the ratio is 55 doctors and 383 nurses.
-Read the full story and see the photo slideshow at Inter Press Service.

Mercedes Sayagues is a South Africa-based media trainer, journalist and former Knight International Health Journalism Fellow who specializes in HIV and AIDS, health, gender, human rights and humanitarian issues. As a Knight Fellow, she built a network of health journalists in Mozambique with the skills to produce regular coverage of life-threatening diseases and health challenges. She also created the first-ever health section at the influential weekly Savana, which features stories on issues such as AIDS, cholera and maternal mortality.

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