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    UNESCO's strategy for HIV / AIDS prevention education.


    Paris, France, UNESCO, International Institute for Educational Planning, 2004. 40 p. (IIEPApr. 2004/UHIVSD/R4)

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic is unprecedented in human history. It has been with us for 20 years — and the worst is yet to come: many millions more will be infected, many millions more will die, many millions more will be orphaned. Not only individuals are at risk — the social fabric of whole societies is threatened. The disease is likely to be a scourge throughout our lifetime. Its spread has not been curbed — on the contrary, the epidemic is expanding to new regions and spreading in some areas even more rapidly than it did in the earlier years. Unlike other epidemics, it primarily affects young adults, particularly women. It thrives on and amplifies poverty and exclusion. It strikes hardest where lack of education, illness, malnutrition, violence, armed conflicts and discrimination are already well entrenched. Yet, although it strikes the poor and disadvantaged, it also heavily affects the skilled, the trained and the educated — i.e. the groups most vital for development. Children are at risk on an unparalleled scale. Millions are already infected — in some countries more than a third of 15-year-olds will die of AIDS-related illnesses in coming years. Millions more are becoming orphans of one or both parents — more than 30 million in less than 10 years. Many youth will grow up deprived, desocialized and disconnected. Children are losing teachers at school and parents who can support them at home. In some areas classes and even whole schools are closing, resulting in a poorer education, while at the same time the economically developed world moves into the knowledge society. (excerpt)
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