Choices and Consequences

Michelle Adato

in Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765126
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918942 | DOI:
Choices and Consequences

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This chapter examines whether social assistance programs should be targeted. It asks whether and who to target, and addresses the technical, ethical, and political questions involved in targeting social protection for families and children affected by HIV/AIDS. It explains the types of targeting methods available, with their advantages and drawbacks, and reviews the evidence, arguments, and dilemmas surrounding the decision of whether to target poor families, AIDS-affected families, or orphans. Finally, it considers how to combine these objectives, looking at several case studies of targeted programs, and concluding with recommendations based on the performance of these programs.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; families; orphans and vulnerable children; targeting; assistance programs; poverty

Chapter.  16048 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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