Socio-Economic Impacts Of HIV-AIDS On Children

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aids has socio-economic impacts on children, the society has to know these well so that we maybe be able to help them well.

socio-economic impacts of aids

According to UNAIDS “Children on the Brink 2002” a recent study in Zimbabwe found that half of the street children are orphans, the majority due to AIDS. Besides that, a situation analysis of children orphaned by AIDS in Cote d’Ivoire showed that extended families find it harder to assign substitute parents to children orphaned by AIDS than children orphaned by other causes.

These alternate forms of families are constantly evolving and psychosocial distress affect the children ability to cope. AIDS has become a tragedy of devastating proportions in Kenya. On average, 111 Kenyans die of AIDS daily, it is also estimated that between one and two million are now living with HIV/AIDS. The lives of infected individuals, their families and communities and the country as a whole has been affected by HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“AIDS is a major public health problem with a negative impact on development, the pandemic is here to stay and its effects will be felt in all aspects of human endeavour and for a long time to come” (sessional paper no. 4 of 1997 on AIDS in Kenya) The many cases of HIV and AIDS among children may be common in many informal settlements, an example is Kibera, Kibera is situated in Nairobi, Kenya. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and hence has a large population. It is estimated that 700,000 or more people live there on an area that is less than 550 acres.

The challenge of rural-urban migration has not only resulted to congestion but also to greater social problems. We may come across some homes for children infected by HIV and AIDS, the question remains whether these children get enough care and medication. And yet still there are other children who are sick and still dont have a diagnosis of the disease, they stay with relatives after the death of parents. Some are orphans who stay with relatives whereas others have both or one parents who are ailing and these has great impact on the children both socially and economically.


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