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LESOTHO: Impact of AIDS on women and children reviewed

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 June (PLUSNEWS) - The UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, is in Lesotho to examine the impact of the disease on women and vulnerable children.

Lewis is expected to meet with prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili, the Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS, the UN's HIV/AIDS Expanded Theme Group and its Taskforce on Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.

During his three-day tour of the country he will also visit places of safety for abandoned and HIV/AIDS affected children in Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale districts.

The mountain kingdom is estimated to have the world's fourth-highest HIV-infection rate, with nearly one-third of working-age adults living with the virus.



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HIV/AIDS testing facilities still to be set up,  9/Mar/04
Govt moves to tackle AIDS pandemic,  8/Mar/04
New laws to strengthen HIV/AIDS action,  12/Feb/04
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
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