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For almost 50 years, the Burmese people have suffered from an oppressive military regime whose economic policies and disregard for its people have now led to a potentially devastating health crisis in the country.
UN has conservatively estimated 240.000 HIV infected people Ð deeming it one of AsiaÕs worst HIV epidemics and right now, 76.000 patients are in urgent need of treatment to survive. With only around 13.000 being treated, and hardly any of them by the state, there is a huge risk that the epidemic will get completely out of hand. The regimeÕs resistance to foreign NGOs and its own neglect are to blame.
This story takes you inside the secret AIDS shelters run by monks and political activists who are risking years of imprisonment feeding, sheltering and providing treatment to a few lucky AIDS patients.
The Junta spends more than half of the countryÕs budget on the army which has doubled in size since 1988, while the expenditure on health care is less than half a percentÑequaling less than 1$ per citizen per year. According to WHO, Burma has the second-poorest health care system in the world. Half of all Asia’s malaria deaths occur here; the country has some of the worldÕs deadliest strains of TB; a third of children under 5 years old are malnourished and still people are at risk from elephantiasis and leprosy. Furthermore, the country is facing a potentially devastating HIV epidemic. The most conservative estimates say 250.00 infected, the most pessimistic 1.000.000 infected people. No matter the real figure, the UN calls it one of the regionÕs worst epidemics.
A Burmese man suffering from TB a