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Eritrea’s Progress Combating HIV/AIDS

0.59% PREVALENCE RATE. Government commitment to long-term investments in human capital, strong understanding and down-to-earth assessment of the resources available to foster development are some of the drivers of success in Eritrea.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,

ACCORDING to UNAIDS, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains the region most heavily affected by the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Specifically, of the 35 million people living with HIV, approximately 25 million are living in SSA, and the region accounted for 74% of all the people dying from AIDS-related causes in 2013.

However, amidst these stark figures and though HIV/AIDS remains one of Africa’s most significant public health challenges, significant progress has been made. For example, prior to 2001, HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa was nearly nonexistent; yet, now some 86% of people in SSA living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and nearly 76% of them have achieved viral suppression. Continue reading Eritrea’s Progress Combating HIV/AIDS