Care for People Living with HIV

World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December every year. Its purpose is to raise global awareness of the disease and to gain more people's attention to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Since the first case of AIDS was identified in 1981, the HIV pandemic has been causing tremendous suffering and spreading at an alarming rate. According to the UNAIDS, there were 36.7 million people living with HIV in 2015, and about 2.1 million were new cases.

Sufferings of the Children

14-year-old Vichet looks healthy that no one would have guessed that he is HIV-positive. His parents and his younger brother all died of AIDS and related causes. He now lives with his grandmother.

When Vichet was five, his mother passed away, "I only realised that my mother died of AIDS when my father once whispered to me saying it would be shameful if other people know about our situation." When Vichet was eight, his younger brother died and his father also passed away three years later.

Everyday life is a struggle to Vichet. Although Vichet and his grandmother would weave some reedy mat and flowers for sale, they are not making enough money to buy food. "We have to eat porridge almost every day since there is not enough rice."

Please give these children your love and support.

World Vision’s Work Bring Hope to Children

As early as 1991, World Vision has been working in the most affected countries.

Global Statistics

Adults and Children Living with HIV
(Source: UNAIDS, 2016)

Total number of people living with HIV (up to 2015) around
36.7 million

People newly infected with HIV (2015)

Total around 2.1 million
Adult around 1.9 million
Children under 15 around 150,000

AIDS death (2015)

Total around 1.1 million

Children Orphaned* by AIDS (up to 2014)
*Children under 17 losing one or both parents to AIDS

Total around 13.3 million

Adults and Children Living with HIV

Region People Living with HIV (2015)
Asia and the Pacific 5.1 million
Eastern Europe & Central Asia 1.5 million
Latin America and the Caribbean
2 million
Eastern and southern Africa 19 million
North Africa & Middle East 230,000
Western and central Africa Africa 6.5 million
Western & Central Europe and North America 2.4 million