An estimated 1.1 million people in Ethiopia are living with HIV/AIDS, which makes the country home to one of the largest populations of HIV-infected individuals in the world, according to UNAIDS. Ethiopia is also one of the poorest countries in the world; only four countries fare worse than Ethiopia on the UN Development Program’s Human Poverty Index.
For people living with HIV in Ethiopia, health care is not just about medicine. Without adequate nutrition, income, and social support, they are unable to complete their treatments and stay healthy. The videos below show how U.S. support is comprehensively addressing the needs of HIV-positive individuals and their communities.
Follow Shewarged Kassa, an HIV-positive case worker, as she visits and counsels patients unable to travel to the local health center for treatment.
Visit the pastures near Addis Ababa, where HIV-positive dairy farmers are benefiting from improved livelihoods and a renewed sense of self-worth.
In fiscal year 2010, Ethiopia received over $320 million in U.S. HIV/AIDS funding. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief, in 2010 in Ethiopia, over 200,000 people received life-saving treatment, more than six million received counseling and testing, and millions more were reached by prevention programs.