Amartya Sen concerned over plight of children with AIDS

February 25th, 2009 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 25 (IANS) 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”.

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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