World Bank Warns of AIDS Increase in Cameroon
February 16, 2001
The World Bank, which last month approved a $50 million fund for Cameroon's anti-AIDS efforts, announced Thursday that the HIV/AIDS infection rate in the country soared more than 20-fold in the past 10 years. According to the bank's Robert Calderisi, the current HIV infection rate in Cameroon is 11 percent, up from 0.5 percent among the sexually active population in 1987. An estimated 937,000 people are living with HIV in the country; however, the actual number is thought to be much higher because of under-reporting and undiagnosed cases. Calderisi called on Cameroon's government to direct the new funds to local communities and also for education programs in schools.
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