AIDS orphan explosion ominously close - UN
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ETHIOPIA: AIDS orphan explosion ominously close - UN

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JOHANNESBURG, 26 May (PLUSNEWS) - The UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, has warned that Ethiopia is making a very late response to children who have lost one or both parents to the disease.

He put special emphasis on what he called the "orphan explosion," which was looming as a result of the delayed action.

"There are about one million, or even probably more, orphans who have lost their parents as a result of the pandemic ... given the appalling situation, Ethiopia is making a much delayed response to the situation - if not neglecting the issue altogether," Lewis said at a recent press conference in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He stressed that there was currently no visible policy or emphasis by government on HIV/AIDS orphans.



Recent ETHIOPIA Reports
US grants $18 million for HIV/AIDS,  27/Apr/04
New project launched to help HIV/AIDS-affected families,  23/Apr/04
National HIV/AIDS forum launched,  1/Apr/04
Focus on local manufacture of anti-retroviral drugs,  10/Mar/04
Calls for greater youth involvement in anti-AIDS fight,  4/Mar/04
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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