More than 14 million children under the age of 15 have lost their mother or father or both parents to AIDS, and that number is projected to reach 25 million by 2010.
Nearly 80 per cent of these orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa and the number of double orphans alone in Africa is predicted to increase by 180 per cent from 1990 and reach a staggering 7.8 million by 2010.
In addition to those children orphaned, there are millions more children who are highly vulnerable because their parents are suffering from AIDS or because their families are heavily affected by the epidemic. There are also more than three million children globally living with HIV/AIDS. While the crisis is most acute in sub-Saharan Africa, the situation is worsening rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is also exacerbating the already precarious situation of older people and is placing new and difficult burdens on them, depleting their already scarce resources.
The Working Group on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) was formed in March 2004, changing its name to the Children Affected by HIV & AIDS (CABA) Working Group in March 2008 to better reflect the focus of the group.
Aim of the Working Group
Membership currently comprises twenty one UK based international agencies who are working for the rights of children and their families and carers affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. The group aims to provide technical support to DFID, the EU, the United Nations, and bilateral donors in the development of HIV/AIDS related policies and strategies.
PSS event: 30th October. Read the meeting report and view presentations here
Submission to the consultation on DFID’s Updating Taking Action, July 2007
Submission to the International Development Committee Evidence Session on AIDS Orphans. March 2004.
Current Organisational Members
Child to Child Trust
Consortium for Street Children
Harm Reduction International
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Partnership for Child Development
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief