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An estimated 15% of babies born in Lesotho become infected with HIV each year, the Lesotho government and Unicef said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the government released a mid-term review on Wednesday of their programme of co-operation for 2002-07. The review noted that a baby born to an HIV-positive mother has a 25% to 35% chance of becoming infected during birth or through breast-feeding.

"Between 5000 and 7000 children born every year... are infected with HIV, the majority through mother-to-child-transmission," reads the report.
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