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..."The child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding." UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mchuchu Village Orphans

AIDS is ensuring that this is not happening for a large number of children in Malawi. AIDS is having a huge impact, claiming 10 lives every hour. One in four HIV positive children die before the age of five and 14% of adults between 15 and 49 are living with HIV/AIDS.

 


Francis Chalamanda The government is losing many of its workers to AIDS. The health ministry estimates that between 25 and 50 per cent of workers in urban areas will die of AIDS. While the rates of infection are higher in urban areas, the number of people infected is greater in the rural areas, where 85 per cent of the population lives. There, HIV/AIDS is presenting a daunting development challenge, diverting labour from farming into care provision, increasing food insecurity and threatening the survival of entire communities

Seen above Minister Francis Chalamanda the Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare and Community services in Malawi.

More than 365,000 Malawians have died of AIDS since 1985, when the virus was first diagnosed in this country of 10.6 million. Life expectancy has plunged from 52 years in 1990 to about 39 in 2004 and dropping. The Joint UN Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) puts the adult infection rate in Malawi at 16%. The majority of deaths occur in the population's reproductive age group. (15 - 49) Children under 15 years living with HIV now total over 70,000.

20% of households in Malawi are caring for orphans, half of these are headed by females

Harmful effects experienced by children and women as a result of AIDS

• Fragmented households

Increased child labour  

Property dispossession

Child headed households

Elderly headed households, usually grandmother.

Increase prostitution, child marriage and pornography

Increase in children in conflict with the law

Instituionalised children



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