WHO says efforts to curb HIV in Africa succeeding

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, Dr Gomes Sambo, on Friday said that significant efforts had been made in Africa to curb HIV/AIDS.

"Our region (Africa), which in 2003 had a rate of 2% in the treatment of people living with HIV, in 2010 had an average of about 49%," he said at a meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited to Congo in the capital, Libreville.

According to UN/HIV, in 2010, about 68% of people living with HIV, or 22.9 million, were found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Sambo said sub-Saharan Africa had made significant efforts on prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

The WHO regional director said the performance levels varied from one sub-region to another.

In central Africa, the screening rate among pregnant women is 21%, in West Africa, it is estimated at 27% while in Eastern and Southern Africa, it is set at 61%.
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