AIDS-Related Deaths in Botswana Decreasing Because of Country's Efforts to Increase Treatment Access, AFP/Google.com Reports
October 23, 2007
AFP/Google.com on Saturday examined how Botswana is "living proof to other African countries" that HIV/AIDS "should not be regarded as a death sentence." Botswana President Festus Mogae in 2001 said that the country was "threatened with extinction" because people were "dying in chillingly high numbers." However, during the past five years since Botswana began providing no-cost antiretroviral drugs to people in need of treatment, 8.5% of HIV-positive people have died from AIDS-related illnesses, according to recent National AIDS Coordinating Agency estimates. The country also launched a campaign aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of the virus. The program, which provides all HIV-positive pregnant women with medication, has helped ensure that 4% of infants born to HIV-positive women contract the virus, AFP/Google.com reports.
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