As a follow up to my trips with Helpage International in March to Sudan and Uganda, I worked on a story for IRIN Plus News, looking at how UN AIDS and other HIV related programmes do not take into account people over the age of 50.
A full copy of the story can be seen at http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=73453
JUBA/HOIMA, 27 July 2007 (PlusNews) - Agnes Buya*, 66, lies in the infectious diseases ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in southern Sudan. Painfully thin, she has been suffering from tuberculosis for the last year. "I came to the hospital a few days ago; the family who were caring for me couldn't look after me anymore," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "As soon as I got here the doctor tested me for HIV and found me positive."
Worldwide, an estimated 2.8 million people over the age of 50 are living with HIV, but this group is largely ignored by information and awareness campaigns.