Cost of keeping HIV-sufferers alive putting countries in debt

Two HIV-positive women in Uganda sit on the floor while a Registered Nurse (RN) gives them anti retroviral drugs (ARVs). Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

The cost of keeping those suffering from HIV alive is putting some countries, most notably in Africa, in insurmountable debt.

Far more people with HIV are now living longer, thanks to new antiretroviral drug treatments.

But experts warn that the cost of treating those people is putting many countries in sub-Saharan Africa at risk of unsustainable debt levels.

Mark Betancourt spoke with Sir Paul Collier, a Professor at the University of Oxford and asked him to explain how the funding for antiretroviral treatment works.

Duration: 4'39"

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