AIDS: 'SIX MILLION DEAD BY 2010'
Daily Mail and Guardian (SA) 16 Sep. 2001
AIDS has become the biggest single killer of South Africans, the South
African Medical Research Council reports in a study made public on Sunday.
It calculates that 40% of the deaths last year of those aged between 15 and
49 were due to the pandemic.
The council predicts that about six million South Africans will have died of
AIDS by 2010 if no effective treatement intervenes.
The council's report directly contradicts recent assertions made by
President Thabo Mbeki questioning The report, summarised in the
Johannesburg-based Sunday Times, is based on data from the health ministry's
annual antenatal survey and the Acturial Society of South Africa's AIDS
It says deaths of young adults have increased rapidly since 1997, with most
interpreted as having been caused by AIDS.
The council estimates that in the absence of effective counter-measures, the
number of deaths among infants aged between one and five will triple, that
AIDS deaths overall will rise to double the number of deaths from all other
causes, and that population growth will be halted.
The Sunday Times said the report had not yet been officially released, but
that it had obtained a copy of it and that top government officials had seen