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  1. Saving children, enhancing lives: combating HIV and AIDS in South Africa

    The document provides a succinct overview of the burden and impact of HIV and AIDS in South African children and reviews the progress made in preventing HIV and mitigating its impacts on children and affected families. It lays out the bottlenecks for wide scale delivery of services and outlines UNICEF priority actions to support scaling up evidence-based high impact interventions that could help South Africa attain its Vision 2014 of turning the tide against HIV.

  2. Predicting the social consequences of orphanhood in South Africa

    This paper examines and questions the predictions found in the academic and policy literature of social breakdown in Southern Africa in the wake of anticipated high rates of orphanhood caused by the AIDS epidemic. Analysis of the logic underlying these predictions reveals four causal relationships necessary to fulfil such dramatic and apocalyptic predictions:1. High AIDS mortality rates will produce high numbers of orphans.2. These orphans will become children who do not live in appropriate social environments to equip them for adult citizenship.3. …

  3. Policy framework for orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS South Africa

    The Policy Framework for orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS serves to: confirm existing policy and refer to intended policy; reinforce existing, relevant legislation and the links between various pieces of legislation and policies; provide a rationale for common action by different government departments and civil society for the implementation of various strategies in order to promote the rights of OVC; clarify the approach, principles and intentions for coordination and effective partnerships.

  4. Orphanhood and schooling in South Africa: trends in the vulnerability of orphans between 1993 and 2005

    Using eleven nationally representative surveys conducted between 1993 and 2005 this paper assesses the extent to which the vulnerability of orphans to poorer educational outcomes has changed over time as the AIDS crisis deepens in South Africa. This paper seeks to establish whether the fear that extended families are no longer effective safety nets may be overstated or whether traditional coping strategies are indeed breaking down. Patterns of care giving for orphans do appear to be shifting over time but these changes are taking place within the extended family safety net. …

  5. Letting them fail: Government neglect and the right to education for children affected by AIDS

    Governments in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to address the extraordinary barriers to education faced by children who are orphaned or otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS. An estimated 43 million school-age children do not attend school in the region. HIV/AIDS has caused unprecedented rates of adult mortality, leaving millions of children without parental care to ensure their access to education. …

  6. HIV/AIDS and child labour

    As the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa grows in scope and intensity, the situation of children has become more precarious. Advances in the well-being of children in terms of social welfare and health, achieved over several decades, are being compromised. One significant change has been the impact of HIV/AIDS on child labour, especially in its worst forms. Where children are orphaned by the death of one or both parents, general well-being - including opportunities for schooling, proper nutrition and health care - is adversely affected. …

  7. Future Imperfect: protecting children on the brink

    This document looks at the impact and consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on children. Different responses to the OVC crisis are put forward such as promoting public awareness and mobilising leadership and resources.

  8. Children, HIV/AIDS and Communication in South Africa

    This review was commissioned by the Center for Communications Programs at Johns Hopkins University to provide insight into issues related to communication of HIV/AIDS to children in the 3-12 year age group, with an emphasis on South Africa.The overall brief included the following areas of focus:to identify the key issues related to children and HIV/AIDS, including discrimination, grief, knowledge, attitudes and practices;to determine what programmes have been implemented, both media and non-media, with regard to children and HIV/AIDS;to provide a comprehensive bibliography of literature in the …

  9. Children 'in need of care' or in need of cash? Questioning social security provisions for orphans in the context of the South African AIDS pandemic

    In the face of international pressure and local concern regarding the repercussions of the AIDS pandemic for children in South Africa, as well as the review underway of both social assistance and children's legislation in the country, there is much debate regarding appropriate social security provision for children in the context of HIV/AIDS. To date, the focus has primarily been on exploring different mechanisms for the provision of cash grants to children who have been orphaned. …

  10. Challenging dominant policy paradigms of care for children orphaned by AIDS: dynamic patterns of care in Kwazulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa

    Although caring for children orphaned by AIDS is increasingly acknowledged as a priority area for HIV/AIDS and development programs, there is limited knowledge on caregivers. Rapidly growing numbers of children orphaned by AIDS warrants increased attention from researchers, policy makers, and program planners. This paper explores dominant theoretical and policy paradigms of care for children orphaned by AIDS. …

  11. Care for orphans, children affected by HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable children: a strategic framework

    This document provides a strategic framework to assist national and local planners, implementers, and donors in setting priorities, and outlines the steps necessary to develop responsive care and support programs for orphans, children affected by AIDS and other vulnerable children. It also elaborates on the role that FHI can play in this effort.

  12. (Over) extended. AIDS Review 2003

    Review 2003 asks the question: how does the epidemic impact on families and the personal relationships between family members - between partners, between husbands and wives, between parents and their children and between siblings? …

  13. Developing a community-based AIDS orphan project: a South African case study

    This research is part of a larger study carried out in the Pietermaritzburg area which looked at three different models of care and support for children affected by HIV/AIDS. It looked at new approaches for adoption and fostering for children seperated from their families as well as those orphaned by AIDS.

  14. Children Orphaned by AIDS

    This article discusses the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and mainly on the issue of children orphaned by AIDS. With the introduction of HIV/AIDS came an alarming rise in the number of orphans worldwide though the most alarming figures are found in the developing world. With estimations that the number of children living with HIV positive parents is higher than those currently orphaned, the problem of AIDS orphans will soon be catastrophic.

  15. Orphan assistance in South Africa: Developing partnerships and leadership in a new paradigm for community care

    This report documents an assessment of UNICEF Programming in South Africa for Children and Children Affected by HIV/AIDS. This was in response to the publication of Children on the Brink which represent Ted a "wake up call" for the international development community on several levels. Following this report, UNICEF Headquarters' management team decided to evaluate and intensify its programming efforts in this area. …

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