Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund
Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

CHILDREN AND HIV/AIDS

The impact of HIV and AIDS is huge. Many of the consequences have yet to be felt.

In particular, the long-term impact on children is often ignored as the more immediate needs of adults are met.

This issue of Footsteps looks at a number of different ways in which children are affected by HIV and AIDS, and brings together many ideas on how to help meet their needs.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 61 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 61 click here (746K).


  • An AIDS success story

    by Mercedes Sayagues. Senegal is a poor country, yet its HIV rate is one of the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result of early, bold and open action, Senegal has kept a low HIV rate of 1.4%. With little foreign aid for AIDS work, why have its HIV rates remained low while they soar elsewhere?

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  • Bible study: Caring for children

    Caring for children.   It is very easy to value children more for what they can become, rather than for what they are in themselves. Children may be seen as a bit of a burden from the time they are born, until the time when they can be useful. This is how children were viewed in the time of Jesus. What Jesus said about children and his attitude to them was, therefore, very revolutionary in his time.

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  • Helping those with small voices

    by Andrew Tomkins. Recent years have seen huge changes both in awareness and in the availability of medicines for the treatment of adults with HIV and AIDS. Effective international advocacy has helped to reduce the prices of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). Many more people with HIV and AIDS can now receive treatment, often free of charge. At a recent AIDS conference in Bangkok, there were many reports of success. The World Health Organisation aims to support treatment for an extra three million ...

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  • HIV and school children in Thailand

    by Rachel Stevens. Siam-Care has over ten years of experience working in Thailand, supporting women and children in need. We have watched many of these children grow up and develop. We have also seen many changes as a result of the increase in HIV.

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  • Letters

    Disability awareness  Awareness is a big word. In Nepal this word is used by organisations in many different ways: disability awareness, poverty awareness, women awareness, community awareness, political awareness and so on. The NGO, Community-Based Rehabilitation Service (CBRS), works with and for disabled people, their family members and community. Our vision is of ‘a society, which respects the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in their families and community, using their ...

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  • Memory boxes

    Parents living with HIV and AIDS often worry about what will happen to their children when they die. If the child is young, or the family is separated in a time of crisis, memories can fade and important information is often lost. The child can grow up confused about their background and identity.

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  • Resources

    Responding more effectively to HIV and AIDS A new PILLARS guide, designed to help communities respond to the challenges of HIV and AIDS. This book helps people to discuss their feelings openly and learn from each other. It challenges unhelpful attitudes and stigma by providing information about HIV infection, HIV tests, harmful traditional practices, healthy eating and medicinal drugs. It looks at the role of the church and the community in supporting adults, children and carers affected by ...

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