The United Nations estimates that in 2009, 16.6 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS. 14.8 million of these children reside in Sub-Saharan Africa.
An SOS Children's Villages HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in Mogadishu, Somalia
While the issue of HIV/AIDS is as important as ever, HIV/AIDS shows that a concerted investment in preventative healthcare does have an impact. The rate of new HIV infections worldwide declined by nearly 25% between 2001 and 2009, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where many preventative programs focused their attentions. Among young people aged 15 to 24, there was a decline in new HIV infections from 5.7 million in 2001 to 5 million in 2009, a decline that is clearly linked to safer sexual behavior.
While a lot has been done to reduce the number of new HIV infections, there is still more to do. The use of condoms remains very low, especially among girls, and only 33% of young men and women in developing countries understand HIV. Women are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and the disease contributes to 9% of maternal deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, HIV/AIDS programs disproportionately reach the wealthy, well-educated, and urban over the poor, uneducated, and rural. As a result, condom use and safe-sex practices are much less common among young people in poorer, rural households
SOS Children’s Villages works with public health services to support access to preventative measures and education. Many programs include workshops on hygiene and sexual education, and our HIV/AIDS policy ensures that effective measures to prevent infection among children, young people, and caregivers are integral to all programs.
How You Can Help
No one needs to suffer due to HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. Donate to SOS Children's Villages today to provide vital support to SOS HIV/AIDS prevention programs, women, and children across the globe.
- $25 can give 3 children medical check-ups for a year
- $75 may provide 9 months of secondary education, including education on reproductive health, to a young woman
- $250 helps to provide 35 women with regular medical check-ups
- $500 allows SOS to train 100 women in reproductive and maternal health