India on the Verge of Epidemic

The numbers are sobering.

According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 400,000 people in India die of AIDS each year. An estimated 5.7 million are carriers of the HIV virus.

That’s more than any other country in the world.

In a Reuter’s report published earlier today, Ashok Alexander, head of the Foundation’s $258-million Indian HIV-prevention project, says the situation is serious: “The huge challenge is scaling up prevention efforts. 2007 is when we need to have this done by.”

If not, the predictions are dire, with estimates suggesting the HIV virus could infect as many as 30 million people in India within the next ten years.

Last week Bill Gates made headlines with his pledge of $23 million to help the Indian government with its prevention and treatment efforts.

Visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to learn more.

November 20, 2006
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