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Most HIV-hit Kids Lose Parents to AIDS

Times of India
27 April 2011
By Pratibha Masand
Mumbai, India

‘21 K Children Affected By Disease In State’
Most HIV-hit Kids Lose Parents to AIDS
More than half the HIV-positive children in Maharashtra have lost one of their parents to the disease and a high number have lost both their parents. According to a study done by CHAHA, a care and support programme for children affected with HIV, Maharashtra ranks high in the list of states that have more than two HIV positive members in a family.

Between June 2007 and March 2011, CHAHA reached out to a total of 64,056 children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Manipur. Out of these, 38% of families were found to be headed by women, many of who had to turn to prostitution to sustain their families.

"There were a total of 21,000 HIV positive children in the ten districts of Maharashtra, 52% of which had lost one of their parents to the disease and 17% had lost both their parents. The numbers were higher than that of the other three states," said Manoj Pardeshi, general secretary of Network of Maharashtra for people living with HIV.

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