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    Caring for children orphaned by AIDS [editorial]

    Moy R

    Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 1999 Apr; 45(2):64-65.

    The Joint United Nation Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) chose 'Children Living in a World with AIDS' as its theme for the 1997 World AIDS Campaign. The overall aim of the campaign was to create 'an increased understanding of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its global dimensions, with an emphasis on promoting action and social policies to prevent HIV transmission and to minimise the epidemic's impact on children, their families and their communities'. Among the facts that emerged in the UNAIDS documentation for this campaign were the following: everyday 1000 children become infected with HIV; of the 1.5 million people worldwide who died of AIDS in 1996, 350 000 were children; AIDS may increase infant mortality by as much as 75 per cent and under-5 child mortality by more than 100 per cent in the regions most affected by the disease by the year 2000; 90 per cent of HIV positive children under the age of 15 years are infected through vertical mother to child Transmission; nearly 1 million children are living with HIV and suffer the physical and psychological consequences of infection; over 9 million children are estimated to have lost one or other or both parents to AIDS. (excerpt)
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