AIDS Is Wiping Us Out: Tanzanian President
December 1, 2005
In a nationally televised address on the eve of World AIDS Day, outgoing President Benjamin Mkapa warned that HIV/AIDS is "wiping out" whole generations in Tanzania. "Day after day, parents bury their children instead of children burying their parents," Mkapa said Wednesday. "In many cases, we see energetic parents falling sick, diminishing family resources and finally leaving behind orphans with nothing to rely on," he said, urging behavioral changes to stop the pandemic's spread. According to the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, at least 7 percent of adults in the country, or about 2 million people, are HIV-infected. At least 2 million others have died from AIDS since 1983.
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