AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa

Lauren Miller

-There are more than 34 million orphans in the region today and some 11 million of them are orphaned by AIDS.

-During the last decade the proportion of children who are orphaned as a result of AIDS rose from 3.5% to 32% and will continue to increase exponentially as the disease spreads unchecked.

-Sub Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world.

-An estimated number of 22.9 people are infected with AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa.

-14.8 million children have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.

Global AIDS/HIV epidemic 2008

Global burden for maternal mortality, child mortality and HIV/AIDS

Effect on Productivity

The HIV and AIDS epidemic has dramatically affected labor, which in turn slows down economic activity and social progress. The vast majority of people living with HIV and AIDS in Africa are between the ages of 15-49 in the prime of their working lives. Employers, schools, factories and hospitals have to train other staff to replace those at the workplace who become too ill to work.