Zimbabwe's Population Size to Drop Nearly 25% Between 1992, 2010 Due to AIDS, Report Says
May 10, 2004
The size of Zimbabwe's population may decrease by as much as 23% between 1992 and 2010 due to the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to a report published Thursday by the country's Institute of Development Studies Poverty Reduction Forum, Xinhua News Agency reports. According to the report, which was funded by the United Nations Development Programme, the country's population could have grown from 11.8 million in 1992 to 16.6 million in 2010 without HIV/AIDS. However, because of the disease, the country's annual population growth rate is expected to become negative by 2010. A 40% reduction in the number of people under age four is expected, along with a 17% reduction among people ages 15 to 17 and a 28% reduction among people 65 and older, according to the report. Because the disease has most severely affected "reproductive and productive adults," it has "distorted the country's population pyramid," the report said, according to Xinhua News Agency. As a result, between 20% and 30% of children under 15 will be AIDS orphans by 2010, according to the report. However, the most serious impact of the epidemic will be on the country's life expectancy, which is expected to drop to at least 35 years by 2010, according to the report (Xinhua News Agency, 5/6).
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