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UNICEF to Spend $9 Million Over Five Years on HIV/AIDS Programs in Zambia
UNICEF announced Tuesday that it will spend $9 million over five years on HIV/AIDS programs in Zambia, where the epidemic is "placing a heavy burden" on children, Reuters reports. Stella Goings, UNICEF's Zambia representative, said that many children in the country are responsible for caring for parents with HIV/AIDS and must drop out of school to earn money to support the family. In addition, over the past 18 years 800,000 Zambian children have lost either one or both parents to AIDS-related causes (Reuters, 10/29). Zambia is also one of six Southern African nations facing severe food shortages, and the International Labor Organization announced Monday that the "twin crises" of HIV/AIDS and famine have forced more than 500,000 Zambian children to drop out of school and seek work (Reuters, 10/28). Goings said that the UNICEF funding would go toward several projects, including programs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission (Reuters, 10/29).
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