The impact of the AIDS epidemic on South Africa's children

Gow, Jeff and Desmond, Chris (2007) The impact of the AIDS epidemic on South Africa's children. In: AIDS, public policy and child well-being, 2nd ed. UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy, pp. 91-116. ISBN 978-88-89129-52-4


This chapter highlights the many impacts that HIV and AIDS impose upon South Africa’s children. Efforts under way to alleviate these impacts are critically examined. Alternative policies and programmes that could potentially better alleviate the impacts are also discussed.

Initially, the nature of the epidemic and its likely impacts upon the populations of adults and children are examined. The chapter then goes on to discuss the impact
of increased illness and death from AIDS on the health, welfare and education of children. Many children are already living in poverty. These areas are examined
in terms of household level economic strain and the capacity of the community systems designed to provide services to children to meet these extra demands. Attention
is then given to interventions that currently exist in terms of prevention and mitigation. Family, community and, in particular, state responses are outlined and
critiqued. This information is used to identify key concerns and areas for action.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Book may be accessed from the Publisher's website: Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 616.9792 Aid.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009 04:56
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV; AIDS; children; public policy; South Africa
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160304 Mortality
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)

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