Ethiopians learn to treat AIDS in Israeli clinic

October 26, 2006 18:43


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Ethiopian doctors are learning to fight their country's massive AIDS epidemic in a clinic run by Israeli doctors, who have extensive experience treating HIV-infected Ethiopian immigrants. As elsewhere in Africa, AIDS is a major health issue in Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians are infected with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS - up to 4 percent of Ethiopia's population - according to doctors at Hadassah Hospital, where the two-week clinic is taking place. That rate roughly carries over to Israel, forcing the Israeli medical profession to deal with the same kinds of cases facing Ethiopia. The doctors said there are about 2,000 Ethiopian immigrants who carry HIV or have AIDS, about half the total for the entire Israeli population of 7 million. About 110,000 Ethiopian immigrants and their children live in Israel now, according to an advocacy group, the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews.

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