- Close to seven in 10 Africans (69%) perceive their governments to be doing a very good or fairly good job of combating HIV/AIDS in their country. But there are wide differences across countries: 94% of Batswana rate their government positively, compared to just 14% of Egyptians and 18% of Tunisians.
- However, ratings of government performance in combating HIV/AIDs have dropped sharply since 2005 in Madagascar (down 34 percentage points), Ghana (13 points), and Tanzania (10 points).
HIVand AIDS remains the leading cause of death in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, the hardest-hit region, is home to 71% of the world’s 35 million people living with HIV, including 91% of the world’s HIV-infected children. Despite these grim statistics, better access to antiretroviral treatment and in some areas, stable or declining HIV incidence and prevalence rates offer cause for hope.