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Partners Map 3Two million children orphaned in South Africa

Africa is the only continent in the world where the HIV infection count continues to rise. The devastating combination of HIV and poverty has led to an unprecedented escalation of poor health and suffering in many communities where the number of orphans has doubled in recent years.

With no adult left to care for them the tragic loss of a parent is often followed by the crushing burden of responsibility for the rest of the family and consequent loss of education and opportunity. These children are very vulnerable: poor, and often stigmatised, and can easily become victims of physical and emotional abuse and may contract HIV themselves.


Our response must be urgent and focused

Starfish believes that offering holistic support is the best way to ensure a vulnerable child enjoys life, hope and opportunity. The support of the community and four key areas of intervention are essential to ensure a brighter view for our children and in turn can lift whole communities out of the vicious cycle of poverty and HIV.

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