HIV/AIDS prevalence drops in Zambia

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS prevalence in Zambia has reduced from 15.
6 percent to 14.
3 percent since 2001, the 2007 Zambia Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) released in Lusaka by Health Minister Brain Chituwo reveals.
The Minister attributed the reduction to the effectiveness of the awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS which, he said, remained at 99 percent, as well as government's determination to improve the health sector and the contributions from all the stakeholders.
According to Chitowo, the prevalence among men aged between 15 and 49 decreased from 12.
9 percent to 12.
3 percent, while among women of the same age the percentage had dropped from 17.
8 percent to 16.
1 percent.
He said the HIV prevalence in rural areas decreased from 10.
8 percent in 2001 to 10.
3 percent in 2007, while in urban areas the reduction was from 23.
1 to 19.
7.
Chitowo said HIV prevalence decreased in all nine provinces except for Western, Luapula and Central provinces.
Provinces with prevalence rates above the national average of 14.
3 percent were listed as Lusaka at 21 percent, Central 18 percent and Copperbelt 17 percent.
He explained that President Levy Mwanawasa would next month present a special report to the United nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS (UNGASS), scheduled for 10-11 June, on how Zambia had progressed in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

28 may 2008 08:41:00




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