There are already over 12 million orphaned children with AIDS in Africa (having lost their mothers or both parents) accounting for over 80% of the total world wide. By 2010, the number of AIDS orphans is anticipated to reach 25 million, according to Save the Children "Children in a World of AIDS" 2004.
These are shocking statistics, but each child is more than a number.
Each of these orphaned children with AIDS has a name, a face, a unique story. Each child has hopes, dreams, fears.
While our young children are brainstorming what they want to be when they grow up, these AIDS orphans are simply hoping they'll have the chance to grow up.
The American Foundation for Children with AIDS currently partners with four hospitals in East Africa to provide much needed anti-retroviral and chemotherapy medications, as well as medicine to treat opportunistic diseases for children aged birth-19 who are HIV+ or who have AIDS.
We also provide medication for the parents or guardians of these children, as we do not want to create more orphans by ignoring their need for medication and medical care.
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