Palliative care and HIV: Let’s close the gap to end AIDS, but don’t ignore the reality of people’s experience now

“I remind those reading ehospice, that while the political and funding agenda may be shifting away from the HIV response, millions of people continue to live with, and die from, HIV related conditions.” – Claire Morris, Global Advocacy Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance

The current rhetoric around the AIDS response is that we need to close the gap to end AIDS.The message is simple: “don’t stop now”.

In 2013, there were 2.1 million people who became infected with HIV, 240,000 of these were children; 1.5 million people died from HIV related causes. All of these figures have significantly decreased from 2005.

Yet, the reality is that globally only 37% of people get anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and 76% of children living with HIV do not get the HIV treatment that they need.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance’s (WHPCA) Global Atlas on Palliative Care at the End of Life estimated that over one million people could benefit from palliative care at the end of life each year, but many more require palliative care through the course of the condition…read more

We encourage you all to watch the short film above, ‘Jethro’s story in Kenya’ by Human Rights Watch.

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