China to have 1.5 lakh AIDS orphans
UNICEF has warned that China could have 1.5 lakh AIDS orphans by 2010 and that this figure could rocket to 2.5 lakh in a worst case scenario.Updated: Dec 13, 2003 12:53 IST
The UNICEF has cautioned that China could possibly have 1.5 lakh AIDS orphans by 2010 and that this figure could rocket to 2.5 lakh in a worst case scenario.
It is estimated that china has about 40,000-50,000 orphans with at least one parent dead of AIDS, Chief of the Health and Nutrition section of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) office for China, Koen Vanormelingen said.
Speaking at a meeting of AIDS/HIV infected children, Vanormelingen predicted that by 2010 China would possibly have about 150,000 AIDS orphans in the best case and up to 250,000 in the worst case scenario.
However, the problem of aids orphans is still unknown to most Chinese, including local officials and HIV/AIDS workers.
A survey releasedon Sundayby the China National Committee for the Care of children shows that most local officials and non-government organisations did not know whether there were AIDS orphans in their local area.
HIV/AIDS-affected children may cause great social problems if they receive no proper care or protection, Vanormelingen warned.
They are very vulnerable to criminality and prostitution as they may join street gangs, said the UNICEF official.
First Published: Dec 01, 2003 14:53 IST