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Time to allocate funds for AIDS orphans

New Delhi, July 28, 2015: It has been more than a decade that FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) with FXB International is advocating for the basic rights of children fighting with AIDS by calling for a ten percent of all HIV and AIDS funding be urgently directed to support AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. This seems to be a far reality as yet.

There are a million of stories of suffering behind every statistics we come across. Children orphaned by AIDS are one of the many left vulnerable by this epidemic. Over 95% of children affected by AIDS, including orphans, continue to live with their extended families till today, who are already overburdened by poverty and therefore struggle to take care of the children. In most of the cases, widows and grandmothers acting as care givers of these children are unable to cope with the cost of living.

 

If appropriate action is not taken on time to focus on providing the much needed support to them, it will not be very far when an entire generation will be lost. It is important that we join hands to organize a long-term response to fight AIDS and its aftermath, supported by a strong political will. It is time, that we act to counter the pain behind the cries of these children and help them dream for a better life.

World AIDS Orphans Day was initiated in 2002 by Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB founder and president, to bring attention to the millions of children affected by AIDS. Every year on May 7, FXB organises a grassroots campaign to bring attention to the plight of children affected by AIDS and advocate on their behalf.

 

Mamta Borgoyary

CEO- FXB India Suraksha

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