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  1. Republic of Malawi national policy on orphans and other vulnerable children

    The Government of Malawi is deeply concerned about the situation of orphans in the country. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is tragically claiming a lot of lives. More people in the productive age group (15 to 49 years) are becoming ill and dying leaving behind the elderly and the young to fend for themselves. Family structures are being disrupted and the continuing high levels of HIV infections mean that the HIV/AIDS pandemic will continue to exert more social and economic pressures on children, families and communities in Malawi. In the past the orphan problem posed no major challenges to society. …

  2. Children in Need of Special Protection Measures: The Growing Needs of Children Who Have Lost Caregivers

    This strategy paper fills the need of developing a programming strategy, reflecting UNICEF's 1996 policy on children in need of special protection measures, for children who have suffered temporary or permanent loss of family and/or primary care givers. While UNICEF has developed basic programming approaches in this area since 1989, the growing numbers of children who are being placed at risk by loss of care givers due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has created the possibilities of a crisis of very larrge proportions for such children in the coming decade.

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