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Zimbabwe: HIV Prevalence in Donated Blood Down

October 19, 2012

In Zimbabwe, the prevalence of HIV in donated blood has decreased over the past years from a high of 2 percent of the collected blood to a low of 0.7 percent, according to Zamile Musekiwa, a finance and administration manager with the National Blood Services Zimbabwe. Speaking at a function held at NBSZ in Harare recently, Musekiwa said the prevalence of HIV in donated blood has been decreasing over the years. According to 2011 statistics, only 0.7 percent of the collected blood was HIV positive. He stated that blood collections have fluctuated over the same years. "Zimbabwe had about 75,000 units in 1995, but dropped to about 42,000 in 2009. Collections have picked up again between 2010 and 2011 to over 80,000 units," reports Musekiwa. Screening is done on all donated blood for STDs, including HIV and AIDS, but consumption of blood at hospitals is lower than before because of the inadequate infrastructure and low budgets for purchasing blood products at the hospitals.

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