HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

Grace Oberle

People in this region that have AIDS/HIV

  • About 22.9 million people have HIV in this region, around 2/3 of the global total
  • 1.2 million people died in 2010
  • In 2010 1.9 million people got infected with the disease

AID Orphans

  • Children that are considered AID orphans are children whose parents have died from AIDS
  • 17.8 million children under the age of 18 have been orphaned by AIDS and HIV
  • The country with the highest rate of AID orphans is South Africa with 63% of the orphans AID orphans
  • Grandparents of AID orphans are having to take care of them even though they themselves are in need of assistance
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How AIDS Affects Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • In hospitals more than half of the beds are filled with patients with HIV and AIDS
  • HIV patients stay 4 times longer in the hospital than patients with regular illnesses
  • Nurses and midwives that are exposed to this are more likely to contract the disease