Adramatic fall in southern Africas life expectancy caused by AIDS in the 90s appearsto have levelled off, a UN report says. But the region is the only oneworldwide where life expectancy is currently lower than it was back then. From1990-95, life expectancy at birth in the region Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia,South Africa and Swaziland was 64 years for women and 59 for men. That fellin 2000-05 to 51 for women and 49 for men, but became 52 for women and 51 formen in 2005-10. The report cited the development and better availability of HIVtreatment for the slight improvement. In South Africa, at least 5.7mn peopleout of a total 50mn are infected with HIV and an estimated 1,000 people diedaily from AIDS-related complications, but the countrys ARV programme to treatthe disease is now the largest worldwide.
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