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  1. Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: A summary review

    Studies point to the existence of a global HIV/AIDS emergency among young people. An estimated 6,000 youths a day become infected, an average of one new infection every 14 seconds. The most socially and economically disadvantaged young people appear to be especially at risk of infection, and young women in developing contexts are at the greatest risk. The rate of HIV infection among girls is rapidly outstripping the rate among boys. …

  2. Young children and HIV/AIDS: Mapping the field

    This paper offers a concise and comprehensive overview of the literature from a psychological perspective. It explores a range of issues in emotional, psychological, social and physical development, and their relation to broader issues including poverty, nutrition and human rights. It identifies gaps in knowledge and will help funders, policy makers and practitioners to locate their own work in the bigger picture.

  3. Where the heart is: meeting the psychosocial needs of young children in the context of HIV/AIDS

    An output of a series of workshops on psychosocial support held in 2004-2005 by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS. Authors Linda Richter, Geoff Foster and Lorraine Sherr discuss the issues surrounding psychosocial care and support for children made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and make recommendations for future priorities and programming directions. Includes the ""Call To Action"" for Toronto 2006.

  4. The power of early childhood as a healing force in the AIDS crisis

    HIV/AIDS confronts the world and all who are committed to ECD with the challenges of: Preventing the transmission of HIV from parent to child; Paying great attention to the well-being of the parent-child pair; Responding to the needs of HIV infected children for treatment and care; Responding to the needs of children who are otherwise affected by the AIDS pandemic.

  5. Strengthening schools as nodes of care and support. Education policy round table meeting report, 28th and 29th July 2003

    The aim of the education policy round table was to consider the extended role of schools as nodes of care and support to vulnerable children in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.The objectives of the meeting were: 1. To present and debate the concept of schools as nodes of care and support for vulnerable children in the context of HIV/AIDS. 2. To identify existing Governmental programmes and policies relevant to the care and support of vulnerable children through schools. 3. To identify potential challenges to putting into practice an expanded role for schools. 4. …

  6. HIV/AIDS: What about very young children?

    Young children impacted by HIV/AIDS often seem to be almost invisible in the wider HIV/AIDS field. Yet no affected group is more vulnerable, more deserving or has greater potential to benefit from proper programming. The third in a dedicated sub-series of working papers devoted to young children and HIV/AIDS, this paper presents the results of research into the question of how to include very young children in programming and policy responses in HIV/AIDS affected communities.

  7. Capacity building for families in helping children affected by HIV/AIDS to prepare for school

    This paper highlights programme issues from an Early Childhood program (ECD) that is being implemented in Uganda by a local Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called Action For Children (AFC). The paper highlights the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) program to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, the needs of the children and their caregivers and how they affect or and contribute towards child development and transition to school. …

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