Throughout Africa, the AIDS crisis is placing serious strains on societies in a number of ways. First of all, it is draining the already limited health services as greater numbers of HIV patients become in need of care. HIV/AIDS has also increased the mortality rate of healthcare workers making their already depleted numbers in even shorter supply.
HIV/AIDS is also affecting the young adult group in society who are the prime income earners for their household. When young children lose their parents, they are often forced to leave school in order to work. Households with one or more HIV patients have to spend a greater amount of their meager income on care and funeral costs and cut back on basic necessities and, in order to cope, they may be forced to borrow from other households and use up their savings. This causes many families to fall into further poverty.
The economy is also being affected as there are less healthy people to offer labour, which makes the existing labour more expensive whilst self subsisting agricultural work is being neglected. In countries that were already struggling to expand their economy and industry in order to attract foreign interest prior to the AIDS epidemic, this adds to the challenge.
I am going to Uganda to support the young and older orphan's who have been effected by this devastation out break within there nations, and being a comfort and hope to those who need it.