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Author
Brandt, Don
Title
The Approaching Storm: HIV/AIDS in Asia
Imprint
World Vision International, Monrovia, September 2001, 46 pp
ISBN/ISSN
1-887983-27-9
Url
http://www.wvi.org/imagine/pdf/AsiaAIDS.pdf
Abstract

"Countries in the industrial world finally have recognised that HIV/AIDS is a catastrophe of major proportions in much of Africa. What has not registered with most governments and many international agencies is that Asia is the next disaster waiting. Although the adult prevalence rates are highest in Africa, Asia now accounts for about half the number of new HIV infections each year. Last year 900,000 people in the Asia-Pacifc region were infected with the disease and 490,000 died from AIDS (UNAIDS 2001). In 1999 the 7-8 million Asian people with HIV/AIDS constituted over 20 percent of the world's population with the disease. Asia's overall fortunate position as a "nascent" region may have lulled many countries into complacency. Now is the time to confine the disease through preventative programmes that target high-risk populations."

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