Global Health Issue: HIV/AIDS

Global Health Issue: HIV/AIDS

According to World Health Organization (2006), HIV and AIDS are one of the major global problems affecting communities in every region in the world. Statistics show that almost 33 million people worldwide live with HIV and AIDS. HIV is a virus that leads to AID. It is incurable hence when a person gets infected with the virus; it becomes permanent in the body. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017) suggest that people living with HIV primarily in the United States are higher than ever before. In every 10 minutes, a person gets infected with the virus in the United States. Most people are living in urban areas the most infected with the virus. HIV infection rates vary across continents and countries. The highest prevalence occurs in sub-Saharan Africa where almost 70% of infected people live. High rates of HIV and AIDS can cause social and economic challenges mostly for developing countries. Economy and agriculture of a nation may drop due to waste of funds on medication and lack of workforce to do jobs.

Health care delivery systems can work collaboratively to address global health concerns. For example, providing education and training professionals to provide safe and appropriate clinical care. Also, the healthcare delivery systems should set strategic plans to minimize global health issues and prevent suffering.

According to IHPM Health and Performance Research Study (2005), many stakeholders can help in solving global health issues. For example, international organizations such as World Health Organization can set up strategies to resolve global health issues and providing aid during a crisis like a drought. The national and local governments can play a part in helping to solve global health issues by allocating funds and ensuring there is peace in worldwide. Also, the health providers such as nurse can play a part to counter global health issues. They can do so by providing quality care in healthcare and also giving mass education to the community.


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