Every Day, 8,000 People Die from AIDS… 1,000 of them die in South Africa
Dayo is eight years old and lives in South Africa. Her favorite subjects are writing and math, and she
enjoys helping her friends with their homework. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher.
Dayo has AIDS. And she doesn’t know it.
Dayo is only one of the 5.6 million people in South Africa infected with the HIV virus. South Africa
has the highest AIDS prevalence of any country in the world. In 2005, there were an estimated 3 million children living as orphans due to the AIDS virus. And that number keeps growing.
South Africa has the highest infection rate of HIV/AIDS of any country in the world, with nearly
1,000 citizens dying every day. The country is home to over 2 million orphans. Further, 61% of the
nation’s 18 million children live in poverty, many enduring entire days without food.
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66% of the
nation’s 18 million children who live in poverty.
44 is the average life expectancy age due to AIDS.
20% of the one million citizens in need of anti-retroviral
treatment received it in 2005.
34% of South African households make less than $2 per day.