HIV destroying entire African nations


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HIV destroying entire African nations
"The AIDS crisis has slashed the life expectancy in some parts of Africa to less than 33 years, according to the UN's Human Development Report 2004... In Norway, a child born between 2000 and 2005 will have an average life expectancy of 78.9 years, whereas a child born in Zambia in the same period can expect to live just 32.4 years - a figure lower than that in 1960. The tumbling life expectancy in some African countries is a direct result of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the report says. In Zambia, 16.5% of the adult population has the AIDS virus. In similarly hard-hit Zimbabwe, where the average life expectancy is just 33.1 years, one quarter of the population has HIV... the devastation that the pandemic has wreaked in African countries is so massive that every facet of life is affected - not only life expectancy and health care, but the economic and educational well-being of the country too."


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