HIV/AIDS and Public Health Care in the Greater Mekong River Region
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More than 240 million people live in the Greater Mekong River Region, an area defined by the Mekong River, which flows 4,800 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. After decades of wars and political conflicts, relative peace in recent years has fostered economic liberalization, intergovernmental cooperation, and increasing flow of labor and goods across regional borders (U.S. Bureau of Affairs, 1987). The long periods of war and political instability, and the emerging economic growth, have created a variety of challenges to the public health systems in these countries. In the face of the increase in population mobility, illicit drug use and prostitution, many areas of the Mekong River region have become flashpoints in the HIV/AIDS pandemic
KeywordsSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome Inject Drug User Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome User Charge Sentinel Surveillance
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