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Teachers die as AIDS pandemic strikes

About 1,500 teachers in Zambia died of AIDS in 1998, putting a strain on the country’s socio-economic development, medical experts were reported as saying this week.

The experts, who were attending a workshop in preparation for the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICASA), to be held in Lusaka in September, also said over one million Zambian children would be orphaned by the turn of the century as a result of parents dying from AIDS.

The workshop also heard that sub-Sahara Africa still accounts for 70 percent of HIV/AIDS cases, indicating that of the estimated 34 million people infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide, 22.5 million of these live in the region.

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