HIV/AIDS threatens Zambia's human resources - UNDP

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS pandemic is Zambia's main threat to sustaining its human resources, says the 1999-2000 UN Development Programme's Human Development report.
According to the report, which was launched in Lusaka Friday, "the greatest challenge that Zambia faces is the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
" "The rising morbidity and mortality, the increase in the number of orphans, the high impact of the epidemic on the most productive segments of the population, the adverse implications for food security and the negative effects on the quality of education and health care all show the extent to which HIV/AIDS epidemic undermines people's productive capacity," the report says.
It adds that the incidence of TB, which is closely associated with the pandemic, has increased from 100 percent per 100,000 in 1984 to over 500 percent in 1996.
The resulting consequence from AIDS-related deaths is that Zambia's life expectancy has reportedly fallen from 55 years before 1990 to 37 years in 1998, the report says.
The report recommends that in order to redress the HIV/AIDS pandemic, government, with the support of the international community, needs to demonstrate more political commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

14 july 2001 11:18:00

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