AIDS in Malawi
- "AIDS, Poverty to Cut Malawi Life Expectancy by 2010"
PANA Wire Service (07/14/99); Tenthani, Raphael
The United Nations Development Program estimates that life
expectancy for people in nine sub-Saharan nations, including
Malawi, will drop by 20 years beginning in 2010. Officials
attribute the decline to the impact of HIV/AIDS, poverty, and
globalization. UNDP's John Wayem said, "It is estimated that
these nine countries will be back to the levels of the 1960s or
'70s by 2010 in terms of life expectancy due to the impact of
HIV/AIDS." The report also found that as many as four in 10
Malawians will die before age 40 due the poor human development
situation in the country.
Elizabeth Bell MPH
Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch
Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ensuring universal access to education, health, nutrition, family planning,
safe water and sanitation services would cost about $40 billion per year,
less than the amount Europeans spend annually on cigarettes.
-- A figure cited by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in an address to the
Economic and Social Council meeting in Geneva.