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The AIDS pandemic has eroded African societies in multiple ways, from threatening government institutions to decreasing agricultural production, according to a recent report, adding that more challenges were expected in coming years.

The AIDS pandemic has eroded African societies in multiple ways, from threatening government institutions to decreasing agricultural production, according to a recent report, adding that more challenges were expected in coming years.

The report by the African Development Forum, presented at a conference on HIV/ AIDS at the United Nations headquarters in New York, provided a gloomy analysis of the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been hardest hit by AIDS worldwide.

'Our overall conclusion is that the pandemic poses a great threat to governance in Africa,' said the forum. In many parts of the continent, the impact of AIDS already has significant consequences for all forms of social, economic and political activity and thus for governance in the years to come.' The disease has killed more than 14 million Africans since 2000, when the continent established the African Development Forum to raise awareness of the impacts of HIV/AIDS.

Millions had died before that year, but the forum was considered a watershed in the fight against the pandemic. An estimated 17 million Africans have been infected with HIV since 2000 and the number of AIDS-related orphans increased from 8.5 million in 2000 to 14 million in 2006. The UN estimated a total of 32.2 million people living with HIV around the world in 2007. The forum said AIDS deaths in Africa had created a brain drain, reducing the ranks of educated and professional people, and preventing the education of younger cadres.
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Title Annotation:Africa
Author:Bateman, Chris
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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