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Support to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, Informal Vocational Training Students and Secondary School Children by HIV&AIDS

200420

Swaziland, with a population of 1 million, has the highest prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the world with 26 percent of the adult population and 38 percent of pregnant women living with HIV.  One of the effects of the pandemic is a growing number of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), estimated to reach 250,000 by 2015. Households and communities are struggling to meet the basic needs of these children, with the extended family structure eroded by poverty, urbanization and HIV. The results are weakened family and community structures, less protective environments for children, increased neglect, and more vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation.

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