HIV/AIDS Hindering Economic, Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Malawian President Mutharika Says
October 25, 2007
HIV/AIDS is stunting economic growth and social development in sub-Saharan Africa, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika said Tuesday at the opening of a two-day parliamentary forum of the Southern African Development Community, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. SADC members need to "move fast in solidarity to find lasting solutions and to try and fight the HIV pandemic," Mutharika said.
According to a UNAIDS report published last year, 63% of all adults and children living with HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa. The number of adults and children living with the virus in the region increased from 2.4 million in 2004 to 2.8 million in 2006, the report said. In addition, the report found that there were no signs of HIV/AIDS diminishing in the region and said that a lack of leadership was responsible for the situation (AFP/Yahoo! News, 10/23).
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