Treatment on Children in Africa
- 91 percent of the world’s HIV-positive children live in Africa.
- Out of the 34 million HIV-positive people worldwide, 69 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are roughly 23.8 million infected persons in all of Africa.
- More than one million adults and children die every year from HIV/AIDS in Africa alone. In 2011, 1.7 million people worldwide died from AIDS.
Effects AIDS/HIV has on humanity in Africa
- The HIV/AIDS epidemic has drastically slowed the economic growth and social development in Africa, because hundreds of thousands of people are unable to work or receive an education.
Effects on birth rate in Africa from HIV/AIDS
- Because of HIV/AIDs, the average life-expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is 54.4 years of age. In some countries in Africa, it’s below 49.
- If a pregnant woman is not treated with the proper medication, there is a 20-45 percent chance that her infant will contract the virus from her during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. Because 59 percent of HIV-positive people in Africa are women, the majority of children diagnosed with HIV have had the virus passed from their mothers.
Effects on Sub-Saharan Africa
Oppurtunistic infections (or Ols) can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, even parasites. Examples of Ols include:
Effects AIDS has on Africa
What needs to be done to make a difference in Africa?
In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS is erasing decades of progress in extending life expectancy. In the worst affected countries, average life expectancy has fallen by twenty years because of the epidemic. Life expectancy at birth in Swaziland, which has the highest HIV commoness in the world, is just 48.7 years.