South Africa ‘Turns Corner’ on HIV/AIDS [Photo]
With more than 10 percent of its population living with HIV/AIDS, South Africa is home to the world’s highest population of people dealing with the disease. But as upwards of 2 million South Africans are now taking antiretroviral medications, South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe recently stated the country is “on the threshold of declaring victory.”
In 2011, the country experienced 100,000 fewer HIV-related deaths than a few years earlier but the death toll was still staggering at some 270,000 HIV-related deaths. South Africa’s Medical Research Council recently estimated that up to 1/3 or 5.7 million of the nation’s children will have lost at least one parent by 2015. While some progress has been established, there remains much to be done.