This article is part of the Summer 2001 issue of the MSF Alert newsletter.
According to the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS), 95% of the world's 36 million people with HIV/AIDS live in the developing world. Seventy per cent of adults and 80% of children with HIV/AIDS live in Africa.
The total number of Africans living with HIV or AIDS has reached 25.3 million, and during the year 2000 alone, 2.4 million Africans died of HIV-related causes.
AIDS is also killing thousands elsewhere in the developing world. According to UNAIDS estimates, 5.6 million people in South and South East Asia, 1.3 million in Latin America, and 420,000 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are currently infected with HIV/AIDS.
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