While Sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest number of people living with HIV – more than 24 million – it is Eastern Europe and central Asia that registered the greatest increase in the number of new cases. __ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russia-lack-hiv-prevention-fuels-rise-new-infections-1571155
A New Epicentre of HIV Spread Emerges
New HIV infections in Russia are fuelling the global AIDS epidemic as the country struggles to come up with effective prevention strategies, Unaids has said. Though the fight against HIV has largely been successful as in recent years, with the number of annual new cases worldwide falling significantly, the UN agency fears this positive trend is progressively being reversed. __ IBTimes
Unexpectedly, a resurgence in global HIV rates is emerging from Russia. Despite this deadly new threat, Russian authorities are slashing spending on AIDS treatment and clamping down on private groups that are attempting to slow the Russian epidemic.
This is the approach we would expect from a corrupt third world African government, not a regime that aspires to superpower status. The Kremlin is rushing to project an image of military dominance while its inner human substance is rotting outward from HIV AIDS and a long list of other potentially existential threats.
What is most worrisome, the UN agency says, is that the share of new cases of HIV infection continue to grow far more rapidly in Russia than in most other countries.
… only 37 percent of those the Russian government has identified as having HIV are receiving treatment. And if one compares the number treated to those estimated to be infected but not registered as such with the authorities, the share getting medical help is only 28 percent.
Moreover, in order to save money, the Russian government has ended early intervention in HIV cases, withholding help until symptoms appear, failing to combat widespread intravenous narcotics use by providing methadone, and cutting spending for imported medicines needed to fight HIV/AIDS.
In Russia Today, building new military systems including tanks, missiles, fighter aircraft, and submarines takes priority over questions of public health, education, transportation, and other critical infrastructure. Without a credible military threat, Kremlin leadership would have no clout on the international stage, and would thus be personally diminished and risk dangerous drops in testosterone levels.
Trying to cope with such problems is not easy for Russia. Addressing the underlying challenges would divert increasingly scarce resources from an economy that is under ever-greater strain because of international sanctions and the low price of oil.
Recent cuts in health care and education will not solve the problems affecting the Russian economy. At most, they are palliative measures that may help the budgetary outlook temporarily, but will not cure a sick economy. __ http://www.theglobalist.com/russia-public-health-alcoholism/
But Kremlin leaders are not actually trying to cure the sick economy. They are rather most interested in maintaining and increasing personal wealth and power. The health of the economy and of the people do not signify.
Russia is sick and its people are growing rapidlly poorer and more depressed.
Today, the number of homeless children in Russia is estimated to be between one and five million. Despite these shocking figures, the issue hardly appears on the political or public agenda. While government policy toward homeless children continues to be executed sporadically and essentially irresponsibly, the proportion of the Russian population living outside the law continues to grow, portending the possibility of a future crisis. IMR’s Olga Khvostunova reports on youth homelessness in Russia today.
There are about 1 million prisoners in Russia, with a growing number of political prisoners. There are more than 1 million slaves in Russia. Over 2 million Russians are iv drug abusers. Which helps explain why nearly 2 million Russians are estimated to be infected with HIV. As long as spending for tanks and missiles takes precedence over health care, education, economic reform, and critical infrastructure, these problems will just get worse.
A simple reminder: When dictatorial powers ramp up international military provocations, fund rapid military development at the expense of the well-being of their populations, and continue to accelerate conflict despite the loss of crucial foreign investment — such powers are weighing a rapid escalation of “last ditch” hostile engagements. Such attacks may involve funding and organising race wars inside opposing nations; they may involve attacks on power grids of a cyber, EMP, or physical nature; they may involve the covert backing of terror groups or attacks on the international financial and communications systems.
North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China are nuclear powers that are frantically backing themselves into corners as a direct result of their own unwarranted and unwise provocations. Anything could happen as a result of nuclear-armed tyrants desperately clinging to systems of power that they themselves have unwittingly sabotaged.