It’s fair to say that there is a distinct link between HIV/AIDS and the number of children who are orphaned worldwide.
The HIV/AIDS issue is bigger than the local community in which our centre is based and for that reason I thought it appropriate today being World AIDS day to collect a few of facts and figures that illustrate the severity of the problem in Zimbabwe.
- 1,000,000 – Zimbabwe has a higher number of orphans, in proportion to its population, than any other country in the world, according to UNICEF.
- 150,000 – Estimated number of Zimbabwean children living with HIV/AIDS.
- 47 – Average life expectancy for women, who are particularly affected by Zimbabwe’s AIDS epidemic, is 47.6
- 29.5 – The death rate of children under the age of 5 (infant mortality) has doubled since 1990.5
- 14.3% – Population currently estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. Down from an estimated peak of 26.3%
From the figures above it’s fair to say the situation is bad though it is getting better. However there is no room to be complacent if this disease is to be eradicated in order that it stops having such a significantly negative influence on all communities.