Protecting orphans by strengthening communities
Despite being classed as a middle-income country, South Africa is also the fourth most unequal country in the world, with 14m South African children living in poverty.
The AIDS epidemic is growing at one of the fastest rates in the world, and the social and economic consequences for children and their families are devastating. It is estimated that one in six children will have lost a parent to AIDS by the age of 14.
Although the State’s leading objective is for social and economic transformation, public services are under skilled and urgent support is needed to improve co-ordination and delivery of basic services. Poor housing, youth unemployment, children living on the streets, drugs, child abuse and sexual exploitation appear to be on the increase.
The province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has one of the highest incidences of HIV and AIDS in the country. The region accounts for nearly a third of all HIV infections and a third of all orphans in the country.
Children and their families affected by HIV and AIDS, living in the most deprived communities are struggling to access information and services on health care, housing security and welfare assistance that they are entitled to.
Learn more about what ChildHope is doing to support children in South Africa.
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