WHO Warns Of Potential
Afghan AIDS Disaster

By Phil Berardelli
UPI Deputy Science and Technology Editor

KABUL - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that war-torn Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, faces a potential Aids disaster.
Risk factors such as intravenous drug use and unsafe blood transfusions had prompted United Nations' agencies, the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to join forces to try to stop its spread, the WHO said in a statement.

The warning comes as 1501 delegates from all over the country gather in the capital, Kabul, for a grand tribal council, or Loya Jirga, to choose a government for the next two years, a key step in the country's path to stability after 23 years of conflict.

"The risk factors in Afghanistan lead health officials to warn of the need for early interventions to prevent a potentially rapid spread of HIV in Afghanistan," said the statement yesterday.

WHO has said previously that a limited number of HIV cases had been reported in certain parts of Afghanistan, but some 100,000 Afghans were affected in neighbouring Pakistan.

"The poor state of blood transfusion facilities throughout the country is of primary concern," it said.

Refugees from more than 20 years of bloodshed were particularly vulnerable to HIV because of exposure to sexual abuse and violence and lack of education.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repatriated a total of 920,000 Afghans since March, and some 200,000 others have come back on their own from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan - a quarter of the more than four million Afghans displaced by 23 years of war.,1008,1230800a12,FF.html
From Ted Sterling
The WHO is at it again. Note how they mention "intravenous drug use and unsafe blood transfusions." So, we are supposed to think that, all of a sudden, Afghanis are shooting drugs and lining up for blood transfusions? Nowhere is there mention of the common homosexual practices of the Arab world...that's just not politically-correct. In any case, AIDS is about to talk a brisk walk through Afghanistan...big surprise. The world population reduction program continues.


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