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Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic
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Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic: Finding Solutions that Work

Jody Heymann, Lorraine Sherr, and Rachel Kidman


Each year, over a quarter of a million children die of AIDS. Another 2 million children currently live with HIV, most in sub-Saharan Africa. Millions more are affected when AIDS enters their families or their communities. Orphans are perhaps the most visible: 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS; 12 million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. The increasing burden of care due to HIV/AIDS is borne mainly by extended family: First they care for the sick and dying relatives, then they assume responsibility for the children left behind. Today, the extended family cares for ove ... More

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, orphans, vulnerable children, families, communities, public policies, programs, social support, medical care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199765126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jody Heymann, editor
Faculties of Medicine and Arts, McGill University

Lorraine Sherr, editor
Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London

Rachel Kidman, editor
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

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