Twenty five low- and middle-income countries, including Rwanda, have managed to halve their rate of new HIV infections since 2001, UNAIDS said in its annual report on the state of the global pandemic.
The UN body’s World AIDS Day Report 2012 shows that in the last ten years, the landscape of national HIV epidemics has changed dramatically, for the better in most countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rwanda, Gabon, and Togo, are some of the countries which achieved significant declines of more than 50%, according to the report.
Globally, new HIV infections fell to 2.5 million last year from 2.6 million in 2010 and represented a 20-percent drop from 2001, according to UNAIDS.
Sub-Saharan Africa has cut the number of people dying of AIDS-related causes by 32% between 2005 and 2011.
Rwanda cut AIDS related death by 68%, Burundi by 51% while Kenya registered 71,000 fewer death and 48,000 in Tanzania, while Botswana one of the region’s countries with smaller populations but high HIV prevalence cut AIDS-related deaths reduced by 71%.
The report lists Rwanda among five countries in the region that have achieved more than 80% coverage of HIV treatment. The others are Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia.