Robert Mugabe has taken Zimbabwe out of the prison of apartheid and colonial occupation to one of the leaders in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in Africa, devastating entire generations as the rest of the world sits back and criticizes his leadership. Interesting article: HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is showing the way for Africa in the fight against HIV/ AIDS, President Robert Mugabe said on Friday as he urged Zimbabweans to take greater personal responsibility in stopping the epidemic. Zimbabwe is among the countries worst hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which kills more than 3,000 people every week and accounts for 70 percent of hospital admissions. But the crisis-hit southern African nation has also become one of the few AIDS bright spots on the continent after its HIV prevalence rate declined to 18.1 percent this year from 25 percent five years ago. Health experts attribute the drop to more condom use and the success of programs encouraging people to have fewer sexual partners. Mugabe, in a speech to mark World Aids Day published in the official Herald newspaper, said Zimbabweans should remain on guard for a disease that the United Nations says killed 2.9 million people globally in 2005, 2.1 million of them in Africa. "I wish to urge all Zimbabweans to adopt a radical shift in the fight against the epidemic by reducing the personal risk of contracting HIV," Mugabe said. "We must not be complacent. This drop, which is the only one in southern Africa, suggests that we are on the right track and we have many lessons to share with our neighbors," he said.