Amartya Sen concerned over plight of children with AIDS

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Wednesday expressed concern over the
plight of children affected by AIDS as also those orphaned by the
disease.

‘I’m concerned about AIDS-affected children across the globe. Their
problem is indeed grave,’ Sen said after launching a book ‘Hopes
Alive: Surviving AIDS and Despair’.

Bombay News

Sen lauded the role played by the non-governmental organisation FXB
Suraksha, which has published the book authored by Patralekha
Chatterjee.

‘The book is a tribute to those families and children bravely
confronting the HIV and AIDS epidemic in India, and to those
frontline workers whose determined efforts are changing the narrative
of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children on the ground, thereby
strengthening the national response to the epidemic,’ said FXB
founder and president Albina du Bouisrouvray.

Over 20 million children worldwide are estimated to have been
orphaned by AIDS.

According to UNICEF, there are two million children under 15 living
with HIV, and too few of them are being diagnosed and treated at an
early enough age to save their lives.

In India, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has
identified 32,000 AIDS orphans. More than 2,000 children have been
diagnosed as AIDS patients till the middle of last year.



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