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Worldfocus special edition on deadly diseases | Worldfocus

HIV/AIDs around the world

 

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On World Focus they talk about HIV and AIDS around the world where the infection rates grow and shrink. In Africa the infection grown and in Thailand it shrinks. Aids is said to kill 2 million people around the world. In Africa it is said AIDS kills around 1000 people and orphans hundreds of kids that are almost all HIV positive. Older brother have no longer mother and families to they care for there brothers and sisters. Many people see AIDS as a “monster” and are to afraid to talk about it and admit to having it or possibly having it making it worse for the spread of the disease. In Thailand one man goes around towns passing out thousands of free condoms that have information and awareness of HIV and AIDS in the wrapper to help get people known about the importance and power of this disease. This mans actions help lower the rates of HIV and AIDS grow. Thailand's strength and conscience on letting others know that they are infected and they must take further measures to help stop the spread of the disease.

 

In Ana's story she was smart enough by learning from her mothers mistakes later in life. She was more aware and took more actions to protecting others from the further spread of HIV and AIDS.

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The World of Microbiology and Immunology states AIDS “ is an infectious disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV, a member of a group of viruses known as retroviruses, attacks the body's immune system. The time between infection by HIV and the manifestation of AIDS--the later, life-threatening stage of the infection--depends on many factors, including access to healthcare and anti-retro viral drug therapy. In some cases HIV-infected individuals have lived decades without developing AIDS. Most victims of AIDS, however, eventually die from cancers and opportunistic infections that take hold of the body after the immune system becomes compromised” (The World of Microbiology and Immunology). HIV was first found being passed trough monkeys and chimps about 100 years ago in Africa. In 1981 in the United States AIDS was first identified. Research as shown there are two forms of HIV, HIV 1 and HIV 2. HIV 1 is the most well known formation of HIV. HIV 2 is a less deadly form and unfortunately it is also a more uncommon form. It was said this deadly infection started in Africa, traveled through Europe made its way to the Caribbean and was said the United states saw getting this scary disease from the Caribbean.

 

In Ana's Story she was infected with HIV 1. She got it from her other who had also gave it to her father. Ana's mother and father both died from the HIV infection worsening and becoming AIDS.

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challenges_n1_sept2005.pdf

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Child poverty is large in Latin America. Children suffer every day from dehydration, starvation, abuse, and illnesses. ECLAC and UNICEF do everything they can to reduce the amount of poverty among these countries. Children and adults are affected by poverty more than people see. Many people cannot afford healthy or good quality foods; they sometimes eat infected foods that make them ill. Many suffer from diseases like HIV or AIDs and cannot afford medications to provide a healthier immune system to help stabilize the diseases. Many foundations created Cash transfer programs that can help provide education nutrition and health care for poor families that cannot provide for themselves. Child poverty is higher than any other age group and has increased over the years. The website states, “very high proportion of them do not have access to minimal levels of basic nutrition, education, recreation, health and housing. Accordingly, their opportunities for present and future welfare are severely constrained, so poverty and inequality are reproduced across generations. If, as UNICEF has put it, "protecting children from the worst extremes of poverty during their years of growth and education is at the same time the hallmark of a civilized society and a way of resolving some of the most salient problems affecting quality of life in the developed nations", this is even truer of nations like those in Latin America, where children represent a higher proportion of the population.” (Francisca Palma and Juan Fernando Nunez 8). This statement children cannot provide for themselves, they have to rely on their parents who have to provide for themselves so they can provide as much as they can for there children.

 

Just like in the article, Ana cannot provide for herself she needs to be provided by her family. Ana’s family doesn’t care much for her so she has suffers from child poverty and gets stuck living in a home to provide for her because she cant,

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A Bitter Pill For the World's Poor

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On average around 14 million people die every single year due to HIV/AIDS according to the World Health Organization, or WHO. WHO created a program to provide the appropriate treatment and medication to stabilize people who are infected with HIV/AIDs and cannot afford help. WHO and NAP, National AIDs Program partnered up to raise money all around to the world to help the sick and poor live an almost normal life. HIV/AIDs is a disease that attack and weakens your immune system, once in a certain stage without this medication there is no turning back and no hope for survival. WHO realized in many areas that are high in HIV/AIDs infections are areas with higher poverty rates and the can barely afford food let alone medication, so to bring death rates down they created a health program for survival for the harsh and deadly disease. In 2003 WHOs goal was to treat over 3 million infected people with ARV or anti-retroviral therapy for the poor and sick worldwide.

 

This article made a connection to Anna’s Story because Ana took this pill provided to her. Ana had to take the pill every day to keep herself healthy and safe from further stages of HIV. Anna’s mother and father were not as lucky as her and did not have the proper medication to keep the healthy. Her parents died from an AIDs infection. When Ana was at Hogar everyone there was provided with the free medication to keep them healthy and safe from worsening of the disease.

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HIV - AIDS - Symptoms, Facts, Prevention & Treatment

Planned Parenthood has been providing trusted health care for nearly 100 years. Here are the answers to common questions we hear about HIV and AIDS.
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HIV and AIDS are said to may not have possible symptoms for 10 years. There has also been said that there is not yet a cure for HIV and AIDS infectious diseases. They are at easiest spread through sexual inter course and condoms or abstinence are highly suggested to prevent further infections. HIV and AIDS can also be spread though blood contact, for example if an infected person had a cut and they blood from that cut touches any open areas on the body of one who is not infected as in cuts, inside the mouth or nose (etc). In the context of the website it states “The first HIV symptoms may include swollen glands in the throat, armpit, or groin. Other early HIV symptoms include slight fever, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms may last for only a few weeks. Then there are usually no HIV symptoms for many years” (Planned Parenthood). This statement shows that several infected people may not know they are infected any may be passing it along with out notice proving that it is important to get tested for this disease especially in you feel you have been sexually active or have gotten blood on you by an infected person.

 

In Ana's story before growing in a relationship she made sure that thy guy she was with knew she had HIV so they are aware they have a chance of getting the disease if they don't use the proper measure to keep each other safe. Also when she had her baby she was getting her tested for the disease so her daughter doesn't have to worry about getting sicker in the future and not knowing what to do to hep her recovery as much as possible.

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Latin America

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The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are working together to provide to the residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. They have helped LAC invest in 12 billion dollars to help provide education and health to the less fortunate for education I higher poverty areas some things they have added several programs to educate those who cannot afford it. They attempted six expansions: "1) enacted curricular reforms and constitutional provisions for minimum budgets or free education; (2) launched educational radio and TV programs and adult literacy campaigns; (3) organized nuclear groupings of schools and created comprehensive secondary schools; (4) instituted on-the-job training of teachers; (5) decentralized decisions and changed administrative structures; and (6) launched testing programs" (Encyclopedia of Education). There goal was to get higher educations for the children so there can have brighter futures and have a chance in changing there lives and moving away from life in high poverty areas. To help succeed in there goal they have taken more steps and have been getting better educated and trained teachers and educators to help kids stay in school and make it easier on them to learn that have not had much educational experiences.
In Ana's story there were people living in the detention center with her that did not have the chance t get a better education. Ana was lucky she could go to school because her family wasn't always there to support and pay for her education.

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Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope: Jenna Bush, Mia Baxter: Amazon.com: Books

Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope

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Ana's Story is about a young Latin American girl. She was born HIV positive. Her mother died from AIDS when she was 3. A little later in life her father died from AIDS. She started out living with her Grandmother and her sister Isabel. her grandmother was abusive. Ana ans Isabel moved out from their grandmother and moved in with their Aunt Sonia, who also abused Ana. Ana didn't want to deal with the abuse anymore so she tried moving in with her friend Yolanda and her mother. Yolanda's mother loved Ana and tried to adopt her but was not allowed to. Ana was sent to a reform center to live there. She met a boy named Berto, who also was HIV positive. There connection was really Strong until they moved Berto in to a home for people with AIDS/HIV called Hogar. Later on Ana was moved to Hogar with Berto and they became boyfriend and girlfriend. Berto got Ana pregnant and she was no longer allowed to live at Hogar. She moved out with her Aunt Aida who loved Ana and treated her right. Berto got a job to try and help support for the baby but ended up in the hospital with a hip injury and is no longer able to work. Ana and Berto's connection grew farther apart. They broke up after the birth of the baby. Ana made new friends in her Aunt Aidas neighborhood, where she met Guillermo. who loved Ana and they baby. Ana told Guillermo about her HIV and he accepted it and they continued there relationship.

Ana's story took place in the 2000's in New York in more of a Latin American segregated town. A young girl is trying to survive the world with no real home and no parents while going through life HIV positive. Her history from her past makes it hard to go through life untill she is moved to Hogar where everything changes."Ana wanted to run away. She wanted to sprint through the dusty streets, through the hills covered in tiger lilies, far away from the reality of what had happen" (Bush 60). This quote shows she has nowhere to go but wants to escape reality and start a new life.

Ana's story was a great book. It was very inspiring and interesting. It was unexpected and surprising. I loved it

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