Protection, care and support for children affected by AIDS
Eastern and Southern Africa is home to more than 9.5 million children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, representing 55 percent of all such children around the world.
In Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, more than one in four children under the age of 15 are orphans, while the figure for Namibia is more than one in three.
Where data is available, the percentage of children receiving external support remains low: Only in Swaziland (41 percent) and Botswana (31 percent) significant numbers of vulnerable and orphaned children are reached. In most other countries in the region, only around 20 percent or even much less (7 percent in Tanzania) of these children receive any kind of external support.
World AIDS Day: Stocktaking report 2010