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Pacific nations warned over AIDS threat

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Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs has warned that Pacific Indigenous populations run the risk of being wiped out unless they respond to the worldwide HIV-AIDS pandemic.

Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs has warned that Pacific Indigenous populations run the risk of being wiped out unless they respond to the worldwide HIV-AIDS pandemic.Pacific program coordinator for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV-AIDS, Stuart Watson, says Pacific states with small populations could prove particularly vulnerable to the disease. “The introduction of HIV-AIDS into the picture I think is a very volatile situation,” he said.”When you’re dealing with a country like Tuvalu with a population of roughly 10,000 people and already a number of cases, you’re looking at the possibility of wiping out an entire country, eliminating an entire population.”(Source: ABC Health News, March 2004)

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Posted On: 21 March, 2004
Modified On: 5 December, 2013


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