Nearly 19 Million People Living With HIV/AIDS in East, Southern Africa, According to WHO
July 14, 2003
Approximately 18.6 million people in East and Southern Africa were HIV-positive at the end of 2002, according to World Health Organization statistics presented last week at a WHO workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, Xinhua News Agency reports. Elizabeth Mason, acting director of WHO's Division of Communicable Diseases, presented the statistics at the opening of a three-day workshop, titled "Scaling Up Access to Care and Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the East and Southern African Sub-Region." The statistics also show that of the 42 million HIV/AIDS cases in the world in 2002, 29.4 million were in Africa. Three million of the cases in Africa were among children under age 15. In addition, 2.4 million of the total three million AIDS-related deaths in 2002 were in Africa. Mason said that although some countries' HIV prevention programs have been successfully scaled up, the need for HIV/AIDS care and treatment cannot be ignored.
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