By Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis Head of Delegation to the UN in Geneva
In many countries of the world, in both global North and global South, much attention is given to the legal status of migrants. As we observe World Migration Day 2012, Caritas Internationalis wishes to call attention to the full range of needs of migrants, including their right to enjoy good health as well as access to health care.
Much discrimination is experienced by migrants as a result of national and local health policies that are founded on such factors as racial, ethnic, cultural and religious prejudice; xenophobia; fear that migrants drain financial resources from a host population; and misunderstanding or misperception of the contributions made by migrants to host populations. Faith-inspired organisations, such as Caritas, engage in health-related advocacy with migrants in order to assure equitable access to health care, in accord with the vision developed by […]
More than 30 years into the pandemic, UNAIDS estimates that 34.2 million people worldwide are living with HIV. This number includes an estimated 3.4 million children under the age of 15 years.
The number of people living with HIV increases each year because fewer people are dying, thanks to the increasing availability of lifesaving antiretroviral medication.
The number of people receiving medication rose by 20 percent between 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the cost of a year’s supply of the medication decreased from more than $10,000 per person in 2000 to less than $100 in 2011.
Despite this progress, HIV still presents a serious global health crisis. In 2011, more than 7,000 people were infested every day.
Catholic Relief Services (a caritas member in the US) has been on the forefront of the epidemic since launching our first HIV project in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1986. Today, CRS and its partners directly support more than […]