The Central Role of Families in the Lives of Children Affected by AIDS

Linda M Richter

in Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765126
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918942 | DOI:
The Central Role of Families in the Lives of Children Affected by AIDS

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This chapter argues that families, rather than individual children, need to be the targets for efforts to mitigate the effects of HIV and AIDS on children. First, families in all their diversity have evolved for the care and protection of children, and children grow and develop optimally in supportive family environments. Second, HIV and AIDS affect families specifically, and severely challenge their capacity. To date, though, efforts to assist children affected by HIV/AIDS have tended to be individualistic, focusing on orphaned children and using a case management and social welfare approach. The chapter further argues that provisions that directly assist families such as cash transfers, early child development services, after-school care, and home-based support need to be expanded beyond the levels of projects and programs, to become entitlements of all families in their efforts to care for children.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; children; families; targeting; orphans; cash transfers; early child development; after-school care; home-based support; programs

Chapter.  14421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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