Africa:
Children, the Biggest Losers in Senegalís Fight Against AIDS

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DAKAR - Children living with HIV in Senegal suffer because of the taboo associated with this disease in a country which is, however, praised for its fight against the pandemic.
 
Senegalís HIV prevalence rate is estimated at 0.7 percent of the population, the stigma attached to the disease, however, has an adverse effect on continuity of care for the child living with HIV.

According to Mbaye Mboye from Synergy for Childhood, an organisation which manages a paediatric AIDS unit in Dakar, when the parent of an infected child dies it is rare for anyone to take over responsibility for care.

According to the National Council for the Fight against AIDS, over 6 thousand children under the age of 15 were living with HIV in Senegal in 2013 and almost 8 thousand are orphans or vulnerable children because of AIDS. (END//2014)

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