Zimbabwe is a country located in the southern part of Africa with a population of 11.6 million. The country is a part of the so-called “AIDS Belt” Southern African countries and has among the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world with an estimated 1.8 million people and about 18% of all adults infected. The estimated total of children orphaned by AIDS is 1.2 million, and by 2010, more than 30% of children are expected to be AIDS orphans unless steps are taken to ensure the survival of their HIV-infected parents. Zimbabwe’s national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been significant over the past decade. In 2002 the government declared a national “state of emergency” regarding HIV/AIDS and subsequently sourced funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Zimbabwe Facts:

Population: 14,229,541

Total Median Age: 20.35 years

Male Median Age: 20.4 years

Female Median Age: 20.7

Physician Density: .08 physicians / 1,000 population (2011)

HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 16.74% (2014 est)

HIV/AIDS - People living wiht HIV/AIDS: 1,550,300 (2014 est)

HIV/AIDS deaths per year: 38,600 (2014 est)

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