Today is the Day of the African Child
Just to review the numbers one more time…
2.3 million children are living with HIV worldwide, ~90% in subSaharan Africa. Every day, 1400 children die of AIDS related illnesses. Another 1500 become infected with HIV.
Thirteen million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in subSaharan Africa, projected to reach 18-20 million by the year 2010. In subSaharan Africa, an estimated 9% of children have lost at least one parent to AIDS, and one in six households with children is caring for at least one orphan. (Stats compliments of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.)
If you are interested in helping, please see the post titled “birthday wish” below.