Dissident AIDS Database

Update on Uganda : an analysis of the predictions and assumptions about the former epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. Implications for other African countries
 Fiala Chistian
  "In a document from WHO which is restricted and not intended for the general public [WHO, 1991, GPA/CNP/IDS/91], we find some facts about Aids orphans that one might actually have expected to see in the WHO press releases. "There is confusion as to what is meant by the term "orphan" [...] Projection studies carried out by WHO and studies done elsewhere have used different criteria." We learn that Uganda for example has it’s own definition of an orphan: “In the Uganda enumeration study, an orphan is a child who has lost one or both parents (the standard Ugandan definition of an orphan)." Lost, however, does not here mean dead, but simply absent, which is why the WHO also adds a far-reaching reservation: "One of the confusing aspects is the extent to which the absence of one parent is the norm in a given society." “In the Uganda enumeration study, no distinction was made as to the cause of orphanhood, which in some areas included the effects of war”. One may add that European societies would have an astonishing high number of orphans if one would apply the Uganda definition. Needless to say a figure based on such an absurd definition does not give any information on the health status of a country."