The involvement of Canadians in global fight against HIV/AIDS Name:
The rapid development of technology and especially that which touches on transport and communication has resulted to a high rate of globalization. Globalization has both negative and positive impacts on the global community. In the business environment, globalization has led to increased competition and enables consumers to get high products at relatively cheaper price (Stiglitz, 2002). In the health sector, globalization has led to emerge of new health issues and also a quick spread of the existing ones. HIV AIDS is one of the diseases that have been spreading at a very high fast rate due to globalization (Ford et al., 2007). In order to curb the spread promote health living among all the people, Canadians have been widely involved in the dealing with HIV/AIDS locally and in the global arena. This paper will focus on the involvement of Canadians in dealing with HIV/AIDS. Background information
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that affects the human immune system and leads to a stat makes the patient unable to fight against diseases and so opportunistic diseases such Tuberculosis and others affect the individual (Worthington et al., 2010). HIV/AIDS was first realized in 1981 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and is believed to have originated from West-Central Africa. HIV/AIDS has been termed as one of the greatest causes of death in the global society (Gibbs, 2010). The virus is spread when body fluids of a victim gets into contact with the body fluids of another person. Due to the nature of the disease, even unsuspecting individuals such as patients undergoing blood transfusion, unborn babies and others can become victims. HIV is primarily spread through sexual intercourse without any form of protection (Ford et al., 2007; Gardezi et al., 2008). Due to the diversity of HIV/AIDS, it requires a lot of resources for it to be dealt with effectively. With most of the developing countries being faced with other issues such as food insecurity, they are unable to devote enough resources to the fight against HIV/AIDS (Rahaman, Neu & Everett, 2010). It is due to this that some of the developed countries like Canada have chipped in to help the developing countries deal with the HIV menace. How Canadians are involved
Canadians are involved in the fight against HIV in several ways but the major ones are; providing other countries in the globe with the much needed resources such as ARVs, Condoms as protective measures and empowering the communities by educating them on prevention measures (Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) n.d). Canada has also been providing human resource to help other parts of the globe deal with HIV/AIDS. The Canadian involvement in the fight against HIV has not only been from the government but also through Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Some of the specific measures that the Canadians have employed through their government include; the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in conjunction with other development partners across the globe support health organizations that deal with HIV in the developing world, a ministerial council on HIV was created in 1998 with the main aim of dealing with the Canadian Strategy which was formulated in 1997, funding of projects that aim at reducing HIV in other p[arts of the globe, providing any needed assistance in strategizing on issues that touch on HIV. Canadians are also involved in organizing workshops that inform other stakeholders on the measures that they are to take in dealing with HIV/AIDS epidemic (CIDA, n.d). In 2004, Canada stepped up its efforts of dealing with HIV in Africa by passing the Jean Chrétien Pledge to Africa Act that made it possible for manufacturers to export cheap drugs aimed at fighting HIV and related ailments...