The Need

- Nearly 1,000 children are orphaned due to AIDS in South Africa each day. (UNAIDS 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic)

- 1.4 million South African children orphaned by AIDS in 2007, compared to 780,000 in 2003. (UNAIDS 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic)

- It is estimated that nearly 5.3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa (Aids Foundation Department of Health 2009 www.aids.org.za ) need-1

- Average life expectancy in South Africa is now 54 years – without AIDS, it is estimated that it would be 64. Over half of 15 year olds are not expected to reach the age of 60. (Centre for Actuarial Research, South African Medical Research Council and Actuarial Society of South Africa (2006, November), 'The Demographic Impact of HIV/AIDS in South Africa - National and Provincial Indicators for 2006')

- 71% of deaths among those aged between 15 and 49, are caused by AIDS. (Centre for Actuarial Research, South African Medical Research Council and Actuarial Society of South Africa (2006, November), 'The Demographic Impact of HIV/AIDS in South Africa - National and Provincial Indicators for 2006')

need-2 - An estimated 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2008, bringing the total to 22.4 million people living with HIV. (UNAIDS/WHO (2009) Report on the latest epidemiological trends in Sub-Saharan Africa)

- Schools have fewer teachers because of the AIDS epidemic. In 2006 it was estimated that 21% of teachers in South Africa were living with HIV. (UNAIDS/WHO (2006), UNAIDS 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, Chapter 4: The impact of AIDS on people and societies)