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Tanzania: Exclusion makes deaf people vulnerable to HIV/Aids

Posted 27/4-11 at 15.18

In Tanzania, and no doubt throughout Africa, people who are deaf or hearing impaired are treated as second-class citizens. They become socially and economically marginalised because their communication needs are not addressed.

One consequence of this is that deaf people are particularly vulnerable to HIV/Aids, as it is made difficult for them to find out about appropriate precautions or treatment.

Ms Upendo Mnasi, a member of the Tanzania Association of the Deaf (Chavita), is both deaf and HIV positive. She says, "The major problem we are facing is failure to get proper instructions from experts on how to administer the tablets. Most nurses and doctors who provide medicines are not capable of using sign language for deaf people living with HIV."




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