South Africa in crisis
South Africa has 213 000 registered NPOs, which focus on the needs of children, young people remain exposed to abuse and neglect. “By the age of five, almost 90% of a child’s brain will be developed, yet 63% of children in South Africa do not have access to early childhood development. Eighty percent of children in Grade 4 cannot read,” Moskoff pointed out.
“It is estimated that around 3 500 babies are abandoned every year in South Africa. About 3.5 million children are orphans. Yet, last year, only 1 033 were adopted.”
According to the Children’s Institute, as many as 500 children die annually of abuse and neglect, while crime statistics show that 985 children were murdered in 2017/2018.
Children are also affected by HIV through the loss of family members. In South Africa more than 2 million children have been orphaned by HIV and AIDS. Orphans are particularly vulnerable to HIV because of economic and social insecurities; they are often at risk of being forced into sex, have sex in exchange for support, and typically become sexually active earlier than other children.
We do not have an option but to begin in our own sphere to alleviate the consequences of this crisis, by improving the lives of the resultant orphans.
“Do not pray for tasks equal to our power, pray for power equal to the task.”
people living with HIV
adult HIV prevalence (ages 15-49)
new HIV infections
adults on antiretroviral treatment*
children on antiretroviral treatment*
*All adults/children living with HIV
Source: UNAIDS Data 2018