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Tiny Lesotho Struggles as AIDS Timebomb Ticks Away

November 4, 2005

Southern Africa's Lesotho is one of the world's poorest countries, with a per capita income of $590 per year and the third-highest HIV/AIDS rate. Twenty-nine percent of those ages 15-49 are HIV-positive. Since 1991, life expectancy has fallen from 60 years to only 35 at present. The tiny, mountainous nation is one of several targeted by UNICEF's new "Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS" campaign. The initiative aims at preventing "youths from joining the ranks of the HIV-positive, stopping mother-to-child transmission and protecting AIDS orphans," said Bertrand Desmoulins, UNICEF's representative in Lesotho.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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