High HIV Rate Heightens Mozambique Poverty: UN Envoy
June 13, 2008
Today in Maputo, the UN's chief representative in the country said HIV/AIDS represents "one of the biggest challenges" to the growth of Mozambique's economy. Ndolamb Ngokwey's remarks came at the opening of the nation's first national HIV/AIDS conference. "As part of the United Nations' reform programs, in which Mozambique is a pilot project, there is a need to fight the impact of AIDS and to uplift human rights," Ngokwey said. The number of Mozambicans receiving free HIV treatment now stands at more than 100,000, up from just 7,000 in 2005. The HIV rate among those ages 15 to 49 is 16.3 percent, and at least 500 new cases are registered daily.
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