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The Cycle of AIDS, Poverty, and Hunger

In Kalofonos’s article, the paradox of “saving lives” through high-tech treatment, while inflicting more hunger upon HIV-positive patients in undernourished countries is a rude awakening. What’s more ironic is that many HIV-negative individuals in Mozambique are “brought to tears by a negative test” and feel resentment towards those with who test positive. Educated individuals in the developed world are aware that optimum health can be reached when illnesses are not contracted. Yet in developing countries like Mozambique, benefits like food aid are given to families living with HIV-positive patients, which leave those not inflicted with the virus to attain food sources through different means. I can only hope that the desire for food aid through programs that benefit HIV-positive patients does not directly increase the rates of the AIDS. The non-infected individuals should understand that the cost of having AIDS is not worth the food aid benefit that comes along with it.


When looking at statistics, it is understandable as to why limited food aid must be divided amongst those who “deserve” the food they receive due to belonging to an AIDS-affected family. It has been studied that when dealing with the link between AIDS patients and hunger, “food consumption in the household can drop by as much as 40 percent due to increased productivity and earnings, leaving children at a higher risk of malnutrition and stunting”.  NPOs and other aid programs are incapable of tending to all citizen needs at the same time, so they must cleverly organize how treatment and aid is distributed.

Lastly, I would like to comment that the best way to live life, especially during desperate times like these, is by being thankful and grateful for what is bestowed upon you, and volunteers attempt to enforce this best when those living in poverty complain about what they do not have rather than what they do. 


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