On this World AIDS Day, there was a dramatic announcement from South Africa, which has the most HIV cases of any country — and has spent years turning its back on the best science and drugs for the disease. All HIV-positive babies will now be treated, testing and treatment will be expanded for pregnant women, and President Jacob Zuma will take an HIV test.
But the toll AIDS has taken on South Africa is impossible to measure. David Muir met four children in Johannesburg — enduring great loss. 17-year old Thozama and her teenage brother Thozamele where orphaned when their mother died of AIDS three years ago. They now take on the role of parents in caring for their two younger sisters who are still in elementary school. The four children live together without power or running water.
Nhlanhla Mosebi is the project manager of a group working to help children in the township where Thozama, Thozamele and their sisters live. To contact his organization, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, works in more than 80 countries across the world to help fight the AIDS epidemic. You can visit their website HERE.