Mozambique: Scant Progress With Pediatric HIV
June 25, 2009
UNICEF's "2009 State of the World's Children Report" finds more than 10 percent of Mozambican babies will die before their first birthday -- one of the world's highest infant mortality rates. The main cause of death is malaria, followed closely by HIV/AIDS, according to the report.
Most children with access to ARVs live in urban areas, with around 6,000 in the capital of Maputo. Access to care in rural areas remains a problem, with 60 percent of the country's population living more than 30 minutes from the nearest health care clinic. Rural facilities tend to have limited drug supplies and staff who are overburdened and underskilled.
Inter Press Service
06.15.2009; Ruth Ayisi
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