Zambia: HIV/AIDS prevalence rate drops in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Zambia has declined to 13.3 percent of adults infected, translating into a one percent reduction from 2007, according to the latest survey released here by the Zambian Central Statistical Office (CSO).

CSO director John Kalumbi disclosed that HIV testing among adults had improved with 78 percent of women being tested in 2014 from 35 percent in 2007 while 60 percent of men tested last year compared to 20 percent seven year ago.

According to the 2013-2014 Demographic Health Survey (DHS), released by the Central Statistical Office, maternal and child mortality rates have drastically declined.

Infant mortality has declined from 70 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, while under-five mortality declined from 119 to 75 deaths per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality ratio is now 398 deaths per 100,000 live births from 591 in 2007.

Zambia’s Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said the country has recorded remarkable improvement on health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators and other national health sector development targets.

“These successes make us optimistic that with continued hard work, Millennium Development Goals four and five, targeting reducing child mortality and reducing maternal mortality, are clearly within reach of attainment by 2015,” Kasonde said.
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31 march 2015 13:55:37




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