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Protection and support for children affected by AIDS

Protection and support for children affected by AIDS

MDG indicator: Ratio of school attendance of orphans to school attendance of non-orphans aged 10–14 years

As of 2005, an estimated 15.2 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS. Some 80 per cent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. It is estimated that by 2010 more than 20 million children will have been orphaned by AIDS.

Orphans and vulnerable children face grave risks to their education, health and well-being, and support for them remains low.  Yet, access to education is improving in several countries.  The care of orphans and vulnerable children should be a priority in national strategic planning, with communities and families the primary beneficiaries of an increased global response.

DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN ORPHANED BY ALL CAUSES, INCLUDING AIDS, IN ALL REGIONS EXCEPT SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Number of children under 18 who have lost one or both parents to AIDS or any other cause, by region (1990-2005, with 2010 projection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFRICAN CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST BOTH PARENTS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE IN SCHOOL THAN CHILDREN LIVING WITH ONE OR BOTH PARENTS

Orphan school attendance ratio: Orphans aged 10-14 attending school as a percentage of non-orphans in school, sub-Saharan Africa (2000-2006)

 

 

 

 

 

SEVERAL AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS IN MEETING THE EDUCATION NEEDS OF CHILDREN ORPHANED BY AIDS

Orphan school attendance ratios in countries where the ratio has increased by at least 0.05 points (2000-2006)

 

Source for figures on this page: Orphan estimates: UNICEF, UNAIDS and PEPFAR, Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children affected by AIDS, 2006. Orphan school attendance ratios: UNICEF global databases, 2007.