New York Times Magazine Examines Causes of Widespread Famine in Africa
The New York Times Magazine cover story this week examines the origins of widespread famine in Africa, which affects nearly 40 million people. The Magazine reports that one of the factors contributing to famine is the continent's "disproportionate" number of HIV/AIDS cases, which affect approximately 29.4 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Because "[v]ery few" people in Africa with HIV/AIDS can afford treatment, many families have lost their primary wage earners to the disease, leaving the elderly and young children "to cope," according to the Magazine (Bearak, New York Times Magazine, 7/13). The article is available online.This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.