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UN/UK delegation on AIDS mission

Senior UN and British officials will begin a three-day HIV/AIDS mission to Malawi, one of the Southern African countries hard hit by the pandemic, on Monday.

Malawi's life expectancy has dropped from about 60 years in the early 1990s to below 35 years at present as a result of AIDS, and the mission will appraise the emergency human resources effort in the health sector as a model for other African countries.

UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot and Suma Chakrabarti, of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) are part of the delegation.

"Malawi has an innovative six-year Emergency Human Resource Programme costing US$273 million that may be a model for other countries with human resource constraints in the health sector," UN spokeswoman Susan Muguro said in a statement.

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