Ef­forts to beat the co­ro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic could cau­se over 1 mil­li­on ex­tra de­a­ths from other di­sea­ses, ex­perts warn

Times of Suriname - - IMOBIEL -

USA ­ As he­alth ser­vi­ces around the world con­ti­nue to fo­cus their re­sour­ces on en­ding the co­ro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic, they th­re­a­ten to de­rail de­ca­des of hard­won pro­gress in the res­pon­se to HIV, TB and ma­ny other di­sea­ses. That’s ac­cor­ding to a new re­port by the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal AIDS So­ci­e­ty pu­blis­hing this week.

The so­ci­e­ty will rai­se its con­cerns du­ring the 23rd In­ter­na­ti­o­nal AIDS con­fe­ren­ce, which be­gan Mon­day. Over the cour­se of the week of­fi­ci­als will be high­ligh­ting the im­pact the pan­de­mic has had on con­trol pro­grams for HIV and other di­sea­ses world­wi­de ­­ ad­ding to a se­ries of fears rai­sed in re­cent months.

“The so­ci­al dis­tan­cing ef­forts and lock­downs to con­trol the spread of it (co­ro­na­vi­rus), ha­ve dis­rup­ted HIV pre­ven­ti­on and tre­at­ment pro­grams and put vi­tal HIV re­search on hold,” said Dr. An­ton Po­z­ni­ak, pre­si­dent of the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal AIDS So­ci­e­ty, last week, ahead of the con­fe­ren­ce. Va­rious sur­veys pro­ved this to be true, in­clu­ding one re­lea­sed in Ju­ne by the Glo­bal Fund to fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Ma­la­ria, an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal fi­nan­cing nong­overn­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­ti­on. It found that across 106 of the coun­tries it works in, 85% re­por­ted dis­rup­ti­ons to their HIV ser­vi­ces and 78% and 73% to tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and ma­la­ria ser­vi­ces, res­pec­ti­ve­ly. Ne­ar­ly 20% re­por­ted se­ve­re dis­rup­ti­ons for all three di­sea­ses.

Mo­dels by the World He­alth

Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on, Stop TB part­ner­ship and Im­pe­ri­al Col­le­ge Lon­don ha­ve pre­dic­ted that such dis­rup­ti­ons could lead to over 1 mil­li­on ex­tra de­a­ths across the­se three di­sea­ses. For example, re­cent mo­dels com­mis­si­o­ned by the World He­alth Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on and Joint Uni­ted Na­ti­ons Pro­gram­me on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) esti­ma­ted that a six­month dis­rup­ti­on to ser­vi­ces in sub­Sa­ha­ran Afri­ca alo­ne could lead to an ex­tra 500,000 de­a­ths from AIDSre­la­ted ill­nes­ses in 2021. This is on top of a li­ke­ly 470,000 de­a­ths that would ha­ve oc­cur­red, ba­sed on 2018 num­bers. This would ta­ke pro­gress in HIV con­trol back by mo­re than 12 ye­ars. (CNN)

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