AIDS Orphans are Being Forgotten, Says UN

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“Global efforts to tackle AIDS are neglecting the 15 million children who have lost at least one parent to the disease, experts told an international conference on HIV on Thursday.

In sub-Saharan Africa alone an estimated 18 million children will have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010 – an increase of six million in just four years, according to U.N. forecasts.

“Despite progress in some areas, children are still the missing face of AIDS in the global response to the pandemic,” said Ann Veneman, executive director of the U.N. children’s fund UNICEF. “The world must act now, urgently and decisively, to ensure that the next generation is AIDS-free.” [Read more]

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