Is it Ethical to Deport Refused Asylum Seekers Suffering from HIV Back to Zimbabwe from the UK?

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Is It Ethical To Deport Refused Asylum Seekers Suffering From HIV Back To Zimbabwe From The UK?

Background

Everyday asylum seekers face the fear of deportation; this fear is greatly increased if you are returning back to a country with poor health care and limited access to medication required to keep under control a chronic disease, in this case HIV. Without access to the required medication death is a certainty.

Aims

To explore current literature on the ethical implications of deporting a refused asylum seeker suffering from HIV back to Zimbabwe.

Method

Use a variety of data bases including AMED, BNI, EMBASE, HMIC, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, HEALTH BUSINESS ELITE. Use News search engines including: The independent, The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph. Use Primary sources (case studies).

Results

It is evident that this group of asylum seekers fear for their life with the prospect of deportation back to Zimbabwe. This is due to the poor health care system and unreliable source of antiretroviral drugs which are required to keep them alive.

Conclusion

It is unethical to send this group of people back to Zimbabwe with the current state of the health care system; however, it is not a practical solution to grant asylum to all immigrants from Zimbabwe who are HIV positive, as the United Kingdom doesn’t have the facilities and resources required to treat all those infected by HIV in Zimbabwe.

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