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HIV outbreak in Pakistan draws attention to major failures in healthcare system

25 Jun 2019
More than 600 people, mostly children, infected through unsafe medical practices

An outbreak of HIV among children in Pakistan that began in April, in the province of Sindh, has caused outrage in the country and attracted worldwide media attention. So far more than 600 people, more than 80% of whom are children, have been infected with HIV most likely due to unsafe use of syringes, intravenous drips and unsafe blood transfusions.