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Zambia high on ART treatment

STEVEN MVULA, Gaborone
ZAMBIA is among four Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to record 80 percent treatment coverage in anti-retroviral therapy (ART).
SADC secretariat director of the directorate of social and human development and special programmes Stephen Sianga told journalists here that using a CD4 cut-off count of 350 for initiating ART, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland have made great strides in containing HIV.
CD4 (cluster of differentiation 4) is a glycoprotein found on the surface of immune cells such as T helper cells, monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells.
Mr Sianga said Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe recorded ART coverage of between 60 percent and 79 percent.
He also said there is a decline in new HIV infections of 26 percent and above in eight member states and coverage of ART services for pregnant women living with HIV.

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