Tuesday, October 25, 2005

BBC NEWS | Africa | Africa Aids orphans 'may top 18m'

BBC NEWS | Africa | Africa Aids orphans 'may top 18m': "UN charity Unicef says 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa could be orphaned by Aids by the end of 2010.

It also says that every minute, a child is infected with HIV and another child dies from an Aids-related illness.

The charity says children are being overlooked in the global fight against HIV and Aids.

Unicef says only 5% of HIV-positive children get medical help, and fewer than 10% of the 15 million already orphaned by Aids get financial support.

Unicef's executive director Ann Veneman said children were the 'invisible face' of a very visible disease and were missing out on the help that adults received.

'It is critical that the world unite for children and unite against Aids. The size of the problem is staggering, but the scale of the response has been inadequate,' she said."

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