Socio-Economic Impacts Of HIV-AIDS On A Family

tafmona By tafmona, 9th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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this page talks of how aids has affected families in social and economic ways, the disease is known to be a cause of poverty and also a lot of social isolation.

the social and economic effects of aids

In spite of who within the family fall sick, the impact of HIV/AIDS on the social-economic status of the household will be intensely felt. HIV/AIDS affects the economy by causing illness and death. This results to reduction in overall productivity and increased health costs. The negative impact of HIV/AIDS on other sectors such as education will also have long term and negative effects on economic development (Willam 2001).

Education is vital for the growth and development of any child, since this is where children are exposed to the outside world. With good education children are able to exploit their potentials making them become responsible adults. Children are affected when they lose teachers through HIV/AIDS related complications thus having a shortage in the sector.

According to Onyancha et al (1998), HIV/AIDS is having an effect on the entire economy of the country. The economic growth is strained in the presence of the epidemic. A large loss in the productivity of the labour force can be foreseen. The loss of young adults in the most productive years of their life undoubtedly affects economic output through the loss of skilled manpower . The economy suffers as a results of decline in food production and severe strain in other sectors of the economy including provision of adequate medical services. The standard of living therefore has been severely affected by HIV/AIDS as many household heads continue to die most of them being the bread winners..

Dependents in the affected family mostly children usually bear the brunt of this loss. As children they assume the responsibilities of heads of household with virtually no economic base bringing an upsurge of poverty. This means that this population needs medical care, nutrition, social and economic support. Much has been said about HIV/AIDS, its main cause, effect on the victims, intervention measures and its diverse effects in our society, economy and world at large. This is more detrimental to the innocent victims, who find themselves in this situation when they are not the ones to blame.


Economic, Impacts, Of Aids, Social

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