Social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS on children: A case study of an urban high density community in Harare

Joshua Kembo, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa

The aim of the study was to improve the understanding of the socio-economic consequences of HIV and AIDS on children. CABA (children affected by AIDS) was the treatment group while non-CABA was the control group. A total of 245 children were interviewed. CABA faired worse off than non-CABA on all the socio-economic indicators studied. It was encouraging to note that children tended to create an enabling healthy environment for their counterparts. Psychosocial assessment revealed that CABA experienced bad sleep, felt tense, nervous and worried and had a sense of worthlessness in life. Overall, the results indicated a gloomy scenario regarding the welfare of CABA in the community. It further emerged that there are various NGOs working in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and care in the study site, but they lack co-ordination. A major recommendation is the urgent need for co-ordinated programming strategies to alleviate the problems faced by orphans and vulnerable children.

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Presented in Poster Session 2