need for action is clear:
§ Cumulatively, more than 56 million people have been infected with HIV.
§ Some 22 million have died of AIDS, at least 4.3 million of them children.
§ In 2000, 5.3 million new infections occurred around the world.
§ Some 3 million people died of AIDS last year.
§ Each month, another 440,000 people are infected.
§ Almost 1.5 million children under 15 are currently infected.
§ More than 25.3 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa are infected.
§ In South and South-East Asia, almost 6 million carry the HIV virus, while in East Asia and the Pacific, another 640,000 are HIV-positive.
§ Almost 1.8 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are infected.
§ In Central Europe and Asia, the epidemic is younger, yet 700,000 people already carry the virus.
§ In Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, almost 1.5 million are living with HIV, whereas 400,000 are infected in North Africa and the Middle East.
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