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Orphan crisis fuelled by AIDS and poverty
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ETHIOPIA: Orphan crisis fuelled by AIDS and poverty

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 December (PLUSNEWS) - The presence of HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and a lack of basic healthcare in Ethiopia are fuelling an orphan crisis, according to a report by the government, the UN and international aid group Save the Children.

Research shows that an estimated 4.6 million children have already been orphaned, and the government would need a monthly sum of US $115 million - almost equal to the country's annual health budget of around $140 million - to assist them.

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hassen Abdella, said the scale of the crisis was "tearing at the very fabric of childhood" in Ethiopia.



Recent ETHIOPIA Reports
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Plan launched to help orphans,  14/Dec/04
Free HIV drugs distribution to be undertaken by government,  10/Dec/04
Prime minister's wife takes public HIV test,  1/Dec/04
Musicians join politicians to fight HIV/AIDS,  18/Nov/04
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Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
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