WHO, UNAIDS Ask Indian Government to Report Number of AIDS Deaths in Wake of Declining Number of Reported HIV Cases
June 6, 2005
UNAIDS and the World Health Organization on Thursday asked the Indian government to report the number of people in the country who died of AIDS-related causes in 2004 and previously had not been recorded as being HIV-positive in order to determine the total number of HIV-positive people living in India that year, the Indian Express reports. The request comes in response to the Indian government's announcement last month that far fewer new HIV cases were reported in 2004, compared with 2003 (Rashid, Indian Express, 6/5). According to data released by India's National AIDS Control Organization, 28,000 new HIV cases were reported in India in 2004, compared with 520,000 new cases in 2003, a nearly 95% decrease. The data -- collected by the Indian independent organizations Institute of Research in Medical Statistics and the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare -- used UNAIDS and WHO recommendations, but some AIDS advocates in the country said they dispute the numbers because no nongovernmental organizations that work with HIV-positive people have registered a corresponding drop in new demand for services (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/27). "India does not have figures of deaths due to HIV/AIDS so far, so we don't know what the new infections are," Ruben del Prado, deputy UNAIDS country coordinator, said, adding that the country cannot compare its 2003 and 2004 figures without taking into account the number of AIDS-related deaths.
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