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  1. Foundation for the future: meeting the psychosocial needs of children living with HIV in Africa

    This technical brief describes promising practices in critical services related to the psychological and social well-being of perinatally-infected children (aged 0 to 12 years) in Africa. These include the identification, testing, and counseling of children so that they are linked to appropriate support as early as possible, as well as the provision of ongoing PSS to help children and their families manage disclosure, stigma, and grief and bereavement processes. …

  2. Assessing implementation of Botswana's program for orphans and vulnerable children

    Botswana's 2008 National Guidelines on the Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children define a vulnerable child as any child under the age of 18 years who lives in an abusive environment, a poverty-stricken family unable to access basic services, or a child-headed household; a child who lives with sick parents or outside family care; or who is HIV positive. Due to challenges in creating an effective response that corresponds to this broad definition, there are no available estimates of the number of children rendered vulnerable as a result of HIV, poverty, and other causes in Botswana. …

  3. Supporting orphans and other vulnerable children through communication and basic counselling: a reference guide for service providers

    There have been many counselling interventions since the onset of HIV/AIDS in Uganda but most have focused on adults. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with CORE Initiative and CORE Initiative partners identified that the specific needs for counselling of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), defined under different categories within the National Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children's Policy (NOP), still need to be addressed. …

  4. Involving Young People in the Care and Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia

    Discusses findings from a study that examined how to involve youth in the care and support of people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children. Research summary (2003) and summary of baseline findings (2002) also available.

  5. Investing in Our Future: Psychosocial Support for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS. A Case Study in Zimbabwe and the United Republic of Tanzania

    As the number of HIV/AIDS orphans continues to grow, programs are being established to ensure proper health and schooling for these children. This document takes the support into the psychosocial realm and explores ways in which effective interventions have been developed and implemented to help orphans and affected youth develop a strong self-image and to strengthen self-esteem. The case studies show NGOs and organizations that work and are at work in the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

  6. Gender and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: the cases of Uganda and Malawi

    This report discusses the gender dimensions of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Uganda and some reference to Malawi. The Ugandan Government has, from early on in its recognition of HIV/AIDS as a serious health, social and economic problem for the country, been relatively open about the scale of the problem and has allowed considerable indigenous and foreign research into HIV/AIDS. As a result there is substantially more material on HIV/AIDS in Uganda than any other African country. …

  7. Challenging the Challenger: Understanding and expanding the response of universities in Africa to HIV/AIDS

    This report commissioned by ADEA sets out to understand how HIV/AIDS affects African universities and to identify responses. Based on case studies at 7 universities in 6 countries (Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia) it compares and analyses the findings.

  8. Concept Paper: Accelerated Response for Psychosocial Support for Children Affected with AIDS in Southern Africa

    This is a draft discussion paper, which forms the basis to develop jointly a 5-year program proposal to scale up targeted psychosocial support programs for OVC.

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