Ethiopian Death Toll From AIDS May Double in Three Years: U.S. Study
April 13, 2005
Unless current HIV infection rates in Ethiopia are reduced and those infected receive care, the country could lose almost 2 million people to the disease by 2008, according to a new study released in Addis Ababa. "The total population lost to AIDS was about 900,000 in 2003 and is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2008 if the present trends continue," said the 38-page report, issued ahead of a May meeting of officials from 15 nations -- including Ethiopia -- targeted by President George W. Bush's five-year, $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.Adapted from:
The report was conducted under the auspices of the emergency plan and compiled by U.S., UN, Ethiopian AIDS Secretariat and Health Ministry experts.
HIV/AIDS is responsible for about one-third of all adult deaths in Ethiopia, and the "loss of Ethiopian citizens in the most productive years of their lives, and related HIV/AIDS morbidity has a detrimental impact on economic growth," stated the report.
Among the report's findings:
In January, Ethiopia initiated an antiretroviral drug rollout plan intended to save 78,000 lives annually.
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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.