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One in Four Zimbabwe Children Are AIDS Orphans: UNICEF

December 6, 2006

"Almost one in four children in Zimbabwe, 1.6 million, are now orphaned, having lost at least one parent, and this number is growing," UNICEF representative Festo Kavishe said Tuesday. "HIV and AIDS have dramatically increased children's vulnerability in recent years to the point where Zimbabwe now has the highest percentage of children who are orphans in the world." However, despite the nation's severe economic crisis, UNICEF said 90 percent of the orphans have been taken in by extended family members.

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Adapted from:
Reuters
12.05.2006


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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