Introduction - HIV/AIDS
There are currently an estimated 2.2 million people living with the virus with the highest prevalence rates attributed to youth between 15-24 years.
Data on OVCs affected by HIV/AIDS is lacking. The majority of orphans are cared for within their communities by extended family, but the capacity of the extended family is being stretched. Stigma and discrimination sometimes mean that orphans are shunned with no place to go.
The Government of Ethiopia adopted an HIV/AIDS National Policy in 1998 and established a multi-sectoral program co-ordinated by National and Regional HIV/AIDS Council Secretariats.