“We are facing the biggest unrecognised humanitarian disaster on the planet.” Ian Govendir, Founder of AIDS Orphan

In 1959 the known first person to have the HIV virus died in the Congo.  Since then 25 million people have died of AIDS. And, despite advances in treatments and improved access to ARVs (anti-retroviral medication) according to the World Health Organisation, ‘HIV is the world’s leading infectious killer…and…remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.’  The vast majority of those suffering are from poor countries.

In 2011:

34.2 million people were living with HIV

330,000 children had acquired the HIV infection and an estimated 3.4 million children are currently living with the HIV virus

1.7 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses

Orphans and Vulnerable Children:

By 2015 the number of children who will have lost one or both parents to AIDS will be 25 million

230,000 children under the age of 15 died of HIV/AIDS related illnesses in 2011 

Over 15.7 million AIDS orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa

Experts agree that millions more orphans exist but are unaccounted for in India, China and Russia.

(All figures shown are United Nations’ UNAIDS, WHO (World Health organisation) or amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) estimates)