One Million Zambian Children to Be Orphaned by HIV/AIDS: Official
June 19, 2006
HIV/AIDS has already orphaned an estimated 750,000 children and that may climb to 1 million, or 20 percent of Zambia's children, by 2015, according to a government official quoted Friday in the local Post. Most of these AIDS orphans will have no hope of obtaining a formal education, Acting Health Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha was quoted as saying. "It has been estimated that 6 percent of these children are in streets and less than 1 percent live in orphanages," Shikapwasha said Thursday at a national AIDS conference in Lusaka. The minister predicted that, without effective policies, the orphans would become the next generation of poor. "Support to orphans and vulnerable children through improving access to education, health care, nutrition, food, housing, and a stable family is essential," said Shikapwasha. Zambia lacks 50-60 percent of the staff and 50 percent of the funding necessary to tackle the disease, he said.
Xinhua News Agency
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