Thursday, 27 September 2007

PM concerned over growing number of orphans

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Prime Minister, Mr Edward Lowassa, has expressed concern over the growing number of orphans in the country and called for concerted efforts in supporting them.

Mr Lowassa said in Magu District on Tuesday that many of the orphans included those who lost one or both of their parents to the dreaded HIV/AIDS.

The premier said the growth in the number of orphans could be effectively curbed through prevention of further spread of HIV/AIDS.

Earlier last week, Mwanza Regional authorities had told the premier that HIV infection prevalence in some parts of the region, especially among the fishing communities, was as high as 30 per cent.

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