Views of a rural community on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the children of infected parents : intervention guidelines
Thebe, Sylvia Kelebogile
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The impact of HIV/AIDS extends beyond those living with the virus, as each infection affects the lives of the family, friends and communities surrounding an infected person. Those most affected by HIV/AIDS are the children. The aim of this study was to examine the views of a rural community concerning the impact of HIV/AIDS status of the parents on their children and to provide intervention guidelines to address the problem. From the research study it was clear that the inhabitants of Heuningvlei village were mostly unemployed and unable to generate income due to lack of skills, training and other opportunities. There was vast evidence of poverty in the community. The community is of opinion that children are negatively affected educationally, socially, economically and health-wise when their parents have HIV/AIDS. They saw family support and material and financial resources as a priority to assist these children through caring and providing food parcels and social grants. Due to poverty in the community and the increase in the numbers of children affected by HIV/AIDS, the caring capacities of families are reduced and children are often left to care for themselves. The community views the role of the social worker as very important. Therefore guidelines are essential for social workers to help communities care for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
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