Interconnectedness: HIV, Health and the Environment

Inseparably, health and the environment are cyclically linked to poverty, both as cause and effect. HIV and AIDS is degrading hardwood forests through increasing demand on, and depletion of, the resources within. All of this leads to unemployment and poverty for the individuals dependent on the forest for their incomes, forcing them in turn to pursue risky jobs.

Accelerating this, poverty caused by HIV often forces those affected to further deplete their natural resources at an unsustainable rate, as they resort to the environment in an effort to survive through increased logging, fishing, and slash and burn agriculture. Our natural resources are finite and we need to be extracting them at a sustainable rate or else they will run out. Environmental education is required to make the community aware of the importance of clean air and arable soil for everyone.