According to a new article published in the journal AIDS, the epidemic has a sufficient impact on the health care systems in the country.
The argument presented in the report is contradictory to that of the health care initiative by Obama Global Health.
The study authors highlighted that half of the beds in Southern Africa are occupied by the people who suffer from HIV related diseases. Africa has the highest incidence of HIV in the world. The report says that reducing the funds for AIDS would damage the health care systems.
It further reveals that HIV is the major cause of deaths of children under the age of five in the five countries which have the highest rates of HIV in the world. It also constitutes 41-56% deaths in these countries.
The report also talks about the affect of HIV on the health care employees. According to the report, 40% of the midwives in Zambia are suffering from HIV. About 16% of the health sector workforce is also HIV positive.
Consequently, the researchers put forward that Global Health Initiatives of HIV/AIDS like PEPFAR can strengthen MCH and also the health care infrastructure on the whole of the beneficiary countries.
The report says that financial support from PEPFAR has invigorated the health facilities and has provided more competent health care workforce.