New Global AIDS Report: High Burden but Strong Progress from Zimbabwe

16 July 2014, UNAIDS has released a new report on global progress in responding to HIV. The Global Report shows that Zimbabwe is one of the 15 countries that account for 75% of new HIV infections globally. The report also shows that even though Zimbabwe has a major AIDS burden, it is among the countries that have made the strongest response.

For example, Zimbabwe accounts for 3% of all new HIV infections globally in 2013, but there has been a 34% decline in the number of new infections in Zimbabwe between 2005 and 2013. Similarly, Zimbabwe accounts for 4% of all AIDS deaths in 2013, but deaths from AIDS in Zimbabwe have declined by 57% between 2005 and 2013.

Strong progress by Zimbabwe in scaling up treatment access is featured in the report, with Zimbabwe contributing 5% of the global total of people newly accessing antiretroviral therapy between 2010 and 2013.

The report is released in advance of the International AIDS Conference which commences in Melbourne, Australia on 20 July. Zimbabwe will have a strong presence at the conference including a satellite session headed by Minister for Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, which will feature the country’s strong progress towards eliminating mother to child HIV transmission.

Read the full report: www.unaids.org