AIDS-hit Swaziland sees reason for hope

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 9:54 AM
AIDS-hit Swaziland sees reason for hope

A Swaziland AIDS activist says slight improvements in life expectancy and infant survival are reason for hope in the country with the world's highest percentage of people living with HIV.

Sipho Dlamini, programs director for the Swaziland National Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS, spoke Wednesday about the release earlier this month of the government's latest population projections.

Dlamini says Swaziland is making progress.

Government statisticians say life expectancy by 2030 will be 47, from 45 years in 2007. Infant mortality is expected to decline from about 100 for every 1,000 live births in 2007 to about 92 in 2030.

More than a quarter of Swazis between the ages of 15 and 49 are believe to carry the virus that causes AIDS.