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MALAWI: AIDS deaths fuelling orphan numbers

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 October (PLUSNEWS) - Malawi's annual HIV/AIDS death rate is fuelling the nation's orphan and vulnerable children situation, a senior government official has said.

According to Health Minister Hetherwick Ntaba, 70,000 people were dying annually from AIDS-related illnesses, and the pandemic had claimed some 650,000 people over the past two decades.

The local Chronicle newspaper quoted Ntaba as saying, "At present 50 percent of the country's 850,000 orphans are a direct result of AIDS-related deaths."

In 2003 Malawi's National AIDS Commission estimated that about 1 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS.



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· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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