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Trypanosomiasis, social security program, schistosomiasis, malaria, transmitted diseases

In 1962, a social security program providing old-age benefits and workers’ compensation was inaugurated, but has proved ineffective. A government-assisted program provides community centers and health services. Trypanosomiasis, malaria, schistosomiasis, and sexually transmitted diseases are all severe medical problems in Rwanda. However, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is by far the most serious health issue. Eighteen percent of urban Rwandans tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS in 1989; 5 percent of the population had AIDS itself in 1997.



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Trypanosomiasis, social security program, schistosomiasis, malaria, transmitted diseases, community centers, virus, AIDS, immunodeficiency syndrome, population, health services

 
 

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