There are already 14 million aids orphans worldwide…
The orphan crisis in sub-Saharan Africa will worsen dramatically in the coming years…
- more than 90% of aids orphans live in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- in 1990, fewer than 1 million sub-Saharan African children under the age of 15 had lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. At the end of 2001, 11 million in this age group were orphans due to HIV/AIDS;
- If not for HIV/AIDS, the number of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa would be decreasing. The percentage of the region’s orphans whose parents died from HIV/AIDS has grown from 3.5% in 1990 to 32% in 2001.
At the close of 2003, of the 40 sub-Saharan countries with generalized epidemics (1% or higher HIV prevalence in general adult population) only 6 (15%) had a national policy on orphans and other vulnerable children. Another 26 have no policy in place.
- by 2010, there will be approximately 20 million children who have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS, bringing the total number of orphans in the region to 42 million.