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United Nations estimates of HIV prevalence in Zambia under attack

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:338
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Estimates by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS that 1 in 5 adults in Zambia are infected with HIV and that 300000 children have become orphans through AIDS have been attacked as “alarmist” by the government in Lusaka.

    A recent report by the World Bank warned: “Not since the bubonic plague of the European Middle Ages has there been so large a threat to hundreds of millions of people—and the future of entire economies—AIDS is no longer a problem of medication. It is a problem of development.”

    However, Zambia's government is now furious with the UN and is refusing to …

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