God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

Getting older in South Africa

Life expectancy has unexpectedly jumped from 54 to 60 in 3 years in South Africa. This great news was published end November in the prestigious “The Lancet” journal.  Co-author Professor Salim Abdool Karim described the 10 percent increase in life expectancy from the age of 54 to 60 in three short years as “absolutely stunning”. The main reason for the dramatic increase in life expectancy has been the massive expansion of the country’s HIV treatment programme, now reaching around 1.8 million people. So there is indeed proof that antiretroviral treatment gives not only life back to those infected but also brings back quality, length and all the other changes a country needed to survive and prosper. To read the article from Kerry Cullinan click here.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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