African AIDS Epidemic Slows Down: World Bank

by Dr. Sunil Shroff on  June 17, 2007 at 12:12 PM AIDS/HIV News
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African AIDS Epidemic Slows Down: World Bank
The pace of the deadly AIDS epidemic is slowing down in some African countries due to a series of effective prevention measures, Cote d'Ivoire media quoted a World Bank report as saying.

According to the report released Friday, in some African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and urban areas of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi, the pace of the AIDS epidemic is slowing as communities are empowered to help themselves with better delivery of condoms and life-saving treatments.

But the report did not give specific figures.

Meanwhile, it pointed out that the efforts by African countries in preventing and curing AIDS is still not sufficient.

In 2006, more than 2 million people died of AIDS and some other 24.7 million were infected on the African continent, the report added. South Africa, however, has the world's second largest number of people infected by HIV, approximately 5.5 million out of a total population of 47 million.

The report suggested African countries strengthen and improve their social immune system, discourage habits which went against AIDS prevention, and rectify social activities and individual behaviour so as to prevent the spread of the disease more effectively.

Source: IANS
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