The first article in The Independent on 17 October highlights the impact of the disease on population growth with emphasis on the fact that the UN's millenium development goal will not be reached. It points out that it is the people in their productive years that are dying, and as a result, the ratio of dependents to working age people is great and increasing. The article asserts that this will then be a "systematic long term problem", and will increase poverty.
In slight contrast to this, the second article, in The Guardian on 8 October focuses on the increasing numbers of orphans as a result of the high death rate of the disease, and their desperate plight. It attempts to depict the effects on individuals by using a case study of a family of orphans, of whom the eldest is merely eleven years. It also points out the failiures of the bureaucracy to help such children in the AIDS crisis.