Drop in AIDS-Related Deaths in Eastern, Southern Africa Due to Improved Treatment Access, UNAIDS Report Says
July 31, 2013
"A 10-fold increase in access to life-prolonging drugs contributed to a 38 percent drop in the number of people dying from AIDS-related causes in eastern and southern Africa between 2005 and 2011, the United Nations said on Tuesday," Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. In a new UNAIDS report (.pdf), titled "Getting to Zero: the HIV epidemic in the eastern and southern Africa," the agency said "[t]he number of [AIDS-related] deaths fell from 1.3 million to 800,000 per year" and "[t]he number of people taking antiretroviral therapy soared from 625,000 to 6.3 million between 2005 and 2012," according to the news service (Migiro, 7/30). "The report ... highlights that the number of new HIV infections among children were reduced by half from 2001 to 2011 and new infections among adults aged 15-49 reduced by around a third," a UNAIDSView Full Article
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