Promoting Quality Education for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

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Author/Publisher: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Worldbank, The Partnership for Child Development

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The number of orphans and vulnerable children throughout Eastern and Southern Africa is growing. In large part, this is due to the death if parents from HIV and AIDS. It has been estimated that by 2008, 12 million children under the age of 18 had been orphaned by the disease1 this translates as roughly 1 in 20 children in sub-Saharan Africa.2 Even where prevention efforts now enjoy success, the number of orphans and vulnerable children continues to increase. Where access to anti-retroviral treatment is limited, infections that happened years ago are only now causing mortality. Thus in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a total of 1,629,547 people in Africa will die of AIDS.3

 

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