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AIDS devastates education sector - Minister
Monday 6 September 2004
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NAMIBIA: AIDS devastates education sector - Minister

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 May (PLUSNEWS) - Namibia's Minister of Basic Education, John Mutorwa, has expressed concern over the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the education sector.

Mutorwa told a local newspaper, The Namibian, that the pandemic had the "potential to nullify all the good work that is being planned and done within the sector".

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said the country could see a substantial rise in the number of orphans over the next five to six years as a result of the pandemic.

Research has indicated that Namibia is currently grappling with the problem of caring for some 120,000 orphans and other vulnerable children.



Recent NAMIBIA Reports
Orphan crisis a disaster greater than floods/drought,  4/May/04
Lack of funds deepens the plight of orphans,  29/Apr/04
Namibia rolls out third National AIDS plan,  19/Apr/04
UN agencies launch emergency appeal,  10/Mar/04
PWAs hopeful about treatment programme,  10/Dec/03
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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