World AIDS Day: Sub-Saharan Africa records biggest increase in providing ART access

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa recorded the biggest overall annual increase--30%--in the number of people accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2010, according to a new report released to coincide with the 2011 World AIDS Day being observed globally 1 Dec.

The report, 'Global HIV/AIDS Response', released jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNAIDS, and made available to PANA here, shows that three countries (Botswana, Namibia and Rwanda) have achieved universal coverage (80%) for HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

The regional ART coverage rate stood at 39% at the end of 2010.

Approximately 50% of pregnant women living with HIV receive treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, and 21% of children in need are able to get paediatric HIV treatments.

There were 1.9 million new infections in the region, where 22.9 million people are living with HIV.

There are some major disparities in progress between different parts of the region. Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have reached much higher coverage rates for ART (56%) and PMTCT (64%) than countries in Western and Central Africa (30% and 18% respectively).
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01 Dezembro 2011 09:32:32

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