Because of its broad reach into the framework of society, the head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has called AIDS in Africa a full-blown development crisis.
Speaking before a conference on development policies and aid in February in Stockholm, Peter Piot, MD, PhD, said AIDS is reversing health, social, and economic gains that Africa has worked for decades to achieve. "AIDS in Africa kills 10 times as many people as war, but the real AIDS disaster is still manifesting itself," Piot said. "Millions are infected but have not yet started to fall ill, and new infections are occurring at a rate of nearly 4 million a year in sub-Saharan Africa."
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