The role of the extended family or kinship carers when looking after HIV or AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe looking at the legislation and assessment

Fulton, Amelia (2011) The role of the extended family or kinship carers when looking after HIV or AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe looking at the legislation and assessment. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The impact of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) ripples out beyond the individuals and their families to affect the family including the young people and those within educational, employment institutions and the general community (Foster et al, 2006). The extended family has been widely proposed as both the most viable and preferred option for the placement of Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) (Kembo, 2010). The paper will look at the changing nature of families because of the impact of HIV/AIDS providing some pointers of action that will lead to good changes for the OVC and the extended families and this will focus on legislation used in protecting these children from being vulnerable (Johnson and Dorrington, 2001;UNICEF, 2003).

    A total of 25 articles were identified as relevant to the research but after a thorough analysis only 11 were finally included in the final analysis and review section. The results of the review indicate that HIV/AIDS orphans are still one of the most vulnerable groups of children in Zimbabwe and stigma and discrimination continues to exist within the community (SafAIDS News, 2005). The paper concludes that social workers in partnership with other agencies like the NGO‟s still have a huge role in advocating and challenging HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination practices in promoting the welfare of OVC.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 10:01
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4206

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