Poverty and HIV/AIDS Patients Management in Swaziland: A Study of Hospitalized HIV/AIDS Patients

Dr. Bernard E. Owumi, Dr. Austin Ezeogu

Abstract


HIV/AIDS and poverty are contemporary issues that cannot be avoided by social scientists and health personnel. The direction of the relationship is as problematic as the impact of one on the other. It is against this background that this paper attempts to examine the linkage through empirical study of identified hospitalized HIV/AIDS patients at the Government Hospital Mbabane, Swaziland. Twenty respondents were passively observed and interviewed. The results from the study show that HIV/AIDS and poverty are interrelated. They should therefore, be addressed in tandem in an attempt to solve the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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