COMMUNITY Based Intervention in HIV/AIDS Treatment in the under Five Children in Zambia: A Sociological Investigation

Frederick Kaona, Mwengu Social and Health Research Centre

The determinants of behaviours which are the root of disease and ill-health are often exposed to epidemiological analysis and not to the behavioural methods. To understand the nature and patterns of HIV/AIDS treatment at community level requires exploration of various behaviour intricate. Methodology: Qualitative techniques were used to collect data that describe ARV accessibility at community and household level. Seven compounds into which interventions had taken off were randomly sampled. Key informants were tape-recorded and extensive field notes compiled. Results: Anti-retroviral therapy relied heavily on health care providers with no community support. Mistrust and poor understanding of drugs by caretakers, hindered interventions’ success. Language, concepts and norms, influenced performance of interventions. Caretakers’ prior knowledge of the disease was important as 23/29 informants mentioned combined symptoms used to recognise HIV/AIDS. Anti-biotic self treatment was mentioned by 23 key informants. Community norms, social values and cultural realities hindered the success of interventions.

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Presented in Poster Session 2