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Zambia has recorded a decrease in its HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, its central statistical agency said on Monday. HIV
The southern African nation has seen HIV/AIDS prevalence rate dropping from 14.3 percent in 2007 to 13.3 percent, according to figures released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
The figures, contained in the 2013/2014 Zambia Demographic Health Survey, have also shown that HIV testing among adults has improved.
CSO Director John Kalumbi said during the launch of the report that HIV testing among women improved from 35 percent in 2007 to 78 percent while it improved among men from 20 percent to 60 percent during the same period.
The decline in HIV/AIDS prevalence have been attributed to among other things increased levels of testing in the country and awareness programs.
The survey also revealed that infant mortality declined from 70 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births while under five mortality rate declined from 100 to 75 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde said during the launch of the report that the government was impressed with impressive performance recorded in the health sector. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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