On the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, in a shelter housing, is a rotating group of over 100 patients infected with HIV/AIDS.
The center, which has be been in operation since 2002, is owned and has been operated by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, after the failure of the Myanmar government to take action and NGO’s prevented from intervening.
In a country of 60 million, people nearly 189,000 adults suffer from HIV/AIDS with only 43 percent of those receiving the proper treatment.
This summer, Myanmar began receiving $160m from The Global Fund, in hopes of allowing the country to extend coverage to all who suffer from the illness. However, with the healthcare system ranked as the lowest of the 190 surveyed countries by the World Health Organization, Myanmar will likely struggle to provide necessary treatment.
It is vital that over the course of the next few years, as Myanmar develops; the fight against HIV/AIDS does not stagnate but becomes even more diligent.