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    Current Situation

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    Parents

    Many parents have already died of AIDS but those who remain and are suffering from the disease or widowed by it, live in such dire poverty that they can no longer afford to feed, clothe or educate their children. With so much death and so little reason to hope, many villagers worry about ensuring a future for their children, rather than themselves. They often face the heartbreaking dilemma of spending what little money they have on medication for themselves or education for their children.

    Children

    Orphaned by AIDS AIDS has created an explosion of orphans. Most of these orphans do not have HIV themselves, as their parents contracted the disease after they were born. However, these children don’t even have an opportunity to pursue an education. Many have dropped out of school because their remaining family members, if any, can no longer afford the fees.

    Government

    Help The Government has become increasingly aware of the AIDS orphans issue, and is trying to establish assistance programs for them. However, given the large number of these orphans and their rapidly declining conditions, the efforts may not reach as many children as quickly as it should.

    In addition, there are gaps in their programs. For one, the definition of an orphan in China is a child who has lost both parents. This system does not account for the children who have either lost one parent, or have one or both parents currently dying of AIDS. The government also does not sponsor education for seniors in high school or above, nor is it as adept as NGOs at psycho-social care and vocational training.

    Numbers

    The United Nations predict that there will be 10 million cases of HIV/AIDS in China by 2010. “China is on the verge of a catastrophe that could result in unimaginable human suffering, economic loss and social devastation.” (UN Report on HIV/AIDS: China’s Titanic Peril).