There are more than 41,000,000 children living in Ethiopia,
650,000 of them orphaned by AIDS, with a further 92,000 infected
themselves. In total there are a staggering four million children
who are orphans in Ethiopia, and is estimated that a further
200,000 children are becoming orphaned in Ethiopia every year.
To understand some of
these figures it should be noted that one in four Ethiopian women
die during pregnancy or childbirth, a figure exacerbated by the
fact that only 6% of all births are attended to be a suitably
qualified and knowledgeable health professionals, partly because
those who do get educated move abroad to earn their money.