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Children in the Shadow of AIDS: Studies of Vulnerable Children and Orphans in Three Provinces in South Africa. Michelle Adato, Suneetha Kadiyala , Terence Roopnaraine, Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano and Amy Norman Research team members:
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Michelle Adato, Suneetha Kadiyala, Terence Roopnaraine,
Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano and Amy Norman
Research team members:
Mickey Chopra, Lungiswa Tsolekile, Stuart Gillespie,
Makhosazana Dlalisa,Themba Mohole, Themba Mpaza, KIDS 3 team
1/3rd in southern Africa
1.2 due to AIDS
2.7 by 2016
Filling in knowledge gaps on experiences and conditions of:
2. Children already orphaned and caregivers of orphans
Shedding light on interventions to support them at different stages
Larger part of two longitunal studies
Data collection methods
Neliswa has two daughters--7 and 2 years old. The father left when the child was only 8 months old. The father of the 2-year old is not supportive although he is supported by a Disability Grant because he is sick with TB. Her 7-year old child lives in the Eastern Cape with her aunt. She sent her child away because she couldn’t afford to keep her. It was better to send away her eldest child because she has more needs and it is less expensive to keep her younger child.
In addition to the routine domestic chores
“The fact that my children are handling my [HIV] status well makes it easier for me to deal with stigma”
When she was especially sick she spoke to her sister about caring for her children when she passes away and her sister agreed. The three youngest children will go to live with her and she has even spoken to them about it. She has said that “there will come a time when you will go and live with your other mother.” She says that “even when you ask the children who their other mother is, they know.”
“If anything happens to my daughter I would help and care for my granddaughter. If I was too old to do this then my other daughter would be the ideal person to care of her and would raise her” (Pumza, mother of an HIV-positive mother).
Child Support Grant
Old Age Pension
Foster Care Grant
Critique of Foster Care Grant
Supporting children in enabling them to be effective agents of response
Mothers/caregivers too need assistance