Report on the Presidential Mission on Children Orphaned by AIDS
in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings and Plan of Action
- AIDS is the leading
cause of death in Africa. In the next decade, 40 million children will become
orphans – by losing one or both parents to AIDS.
is wiping out decades of progress on a variety of development fronts, including
per capita GNP, infant mortality, and life expectancy.
- AIDS is not just taking
lives, it is threatening economies, stability, and civil society.
- As goes Africa, so will
go India, South-East Asia, and the Newly Independent States of the former
Soviet Union, and by 2005, more than 100 million people worldwide will have
been infected with HIV.
- We know what works.
Scaling up these proven interventions to meet the magnitude of this crisis
- Leadership and resources
are desperately needed if we are to turn the tide.