AIDS ORPHANS/ DISTRESSED CHILDREN AND PREVENTION OF MALARIA 

The hardest hit group of this devastating disease is the growing number of children orphaned by AIDS. According to USAID and UNAIDS, more than 12 million children in Africa who are now orphans, have lost one or both parents to AIDS. The HIV AIDS pandemic has stricken millions of adults, leaving behind many millions of orphans, often left in the care of helpless older children and or elderly grandparents. As a result of poverty, social and financial hardship, most of these children end up on the streets committing violent crimes and prostitution.

When faced with financial difficulties to eke out a living for themselves and their siblings, most of these female AIDS Orphans as young as 9-11 years resort to men old enough to be their fathers and grand fathers who exploit them sexually with small gifts and money. This has not only led them to unwanted pregnancies but also exposed them to HIV/AIDS that has put their lives at risk. A great number of them did abortion using very crude and primitive methods that resulted to some of them loosing their lives in the process. Those of them that have the babies were abandoned by these callous men and are now struggling to raise these children that further compounded their already pathetic situation. Every day, these group of female AIDS Orphans /teen mothers live lives of regret and hopelessness. Also, there are millions of other children infected by this killer disease HIV AIDS including other distressed children in Africa who are suffering from other diseases such as another major killer disease, Malaria that kills about 700,000 to 1,000,000 children yearly in Africa according to World Health Organization’s report.  Due to lack of support and adequate medical care, most of these AIDS orphans and distressed children end up miserable and frustrated in life. 

The scope and complexity of the challenges facing children by HIV AIDS and AIDS orphans cannot be overstated, they are more likely to drop out of school, contract HIV, or be forced to work in order to survive". Some are even sold to sex slavery. More than 16 million children in over 34 developing nations will likely have lost one or both parents by the year 2012. Most of these deaths will result from HIV/AIDS and other complicating illnesses. Over twelve million (12, 000,000) children have lost either one or both parents to AIDS in most hardest hit countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda , Zambia and  other less affected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Zambia alone, where 25% of adults suffer from HIV/AIDS and more than 650,000 children have lost one parent to AIDS.

AIDS and Malaria kills Africans frequently and global donors should please open their purses to fight the epidemic, help the AIDS Orphans/other distressed children suffering from hunger and malnutrition as a result of famine /drought in the region and as well to help save the lives of millions of children dying yearly from Malaria.