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BURKINA FASO: High number of abandoned children attributed to AIDS

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JOHANNESBURG, 7 April (PLUSNEWS) - Burkina Faso's government has blamed the rising number of abandoned children in the country on HIV/AIDS, poverty and child trafficking.

According to official statistics, orphans and abandoned children accounted for close to 18 percent of the country's 11.8 million population in 2003.

The government said it had outlined a new strategy for working with NGOs and local communities to properly address the problem.

"We already have people working towards these goals [of child protection], but they lack clear focus and sometimes don't know how to get the best results from their efforts," the director general of social welfare, Agnes Kabore, told the UN news service, PlusNews.



Recent BURKINA FASO Reports
Government aims to put 30,000 on ARVs by 2010,  5/Jul/05
Returning migrants struggle to pay for AIDS treatment,  4/Feb/05
Government needs help to increase numbers on ARV, aid workers say,  31/Dec/04
NGOs seek local funds to access ARVs ,  8/Nov/04
Sentinel survey shows decline in AIDS prevalence,  7/May/04
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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