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AIDS Reduces Zambians' Life Span

August 23, 2001

Zambians' average life expectancy has drastically fallen from 43 years in 1996 to 37 years today due to the high incidence of disease, particularly HIV/AIDS, according to a UN report. The incidence of TB has jumped from 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants 15 years ago to more than 500 per 100,000 now, said the 1999-2000 human development report recently released by the UN Development Program (UNDP). According to medical experts, the country's high prevalence of HIV/AIDS (estimated at 19.6 percent) is to blame for the falling life expectancy and rising TB caseload.

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