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UNAIDS estimates there are some 200,000 people living with HIV in Namibia, about one-fifth of the population in one of the world's most sparsely populated nations.
Veronica Kalambi, an official from the Women's Health Network, said women's rights were often violated in state health institutions.
"HIV-positive women are holding the health system accountable for the wrongs done to them," she told The Associated Press.
Sterilization is a drastic tactic to treat HIV-positive women, as mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS can be prevented with medication.
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