SA varsity leads in HIV/AIDS research

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - To mark the World AIDS Day (1 Dec.), Johannesburg's Wits University has been acknowledged
as the South African institution which produced the most scientific research publications on HIV/AIDS between 1996 and 2006,
according to an analysis entitled ''Scientometrics of a pandemic: HIV/AIDS research in South Africa and the World''.

During this period, the university produced 473 (20.42%) papers out of a national total of 2,316 publications focusing on the HIV/AIDS, followed by the University of Cape Town (19.17%) and the University of Kwazulu-Natal (18.30%).

Ten other institutions in South Africa collectively produced the remaining 42.11% of publications related to HIV/AIDS.

"This study affirms the leading role that Wits University has played at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research be it in science, the health sciences or the social sciences," said Professor Helen Laburn, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the university.

"We commit to play an integral role through our teaching, research, clinical and outreach efforts to fight against this scourge which has besieged our population," Laburn said.

About 33 million people are currently living with HIV worldwide, of which approximately 22 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.

South Africa carries the highest burden in the world, with an estimated 5.7 million people living with HIV in the country.

South Africa continues to produce an increasing number of HIV/AIDS related publications, although the USA holds the record for the country that publishes the most on HIV/AIDS in the world.
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01 december 2010 09:33:06

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