HIV, TB Cut Lesotho Life Expectancy to a Mere 36 Years
March 29, 2010
Doctors Without Borders (DWB) estimates that 80 to 90 percent of Lesotho's TB patients are co-infected with HIV. Medical experts are concerned the situation in this mountainous kingdom in southern Africa foreshadows what could be the world's next major health crisis.
Lesotho has the world's third-highest prevalence of HIV and its fourth-highest TB prevalence. Poverty and violence complicate treatment, and life expectancy is just 36 years.
03.24.2010; Nastasya Tay
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