Children Of Africa Confront AIDS: From Vulnerability To Possibility / Edition 1

Children Of Africa Confront AIDS: From Vulnerability To Possibility / Edition 1

by Arvind Singhal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0896802329

ISBN-13: 9780896802322

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Ohio University Press

 AIDS is now the leading cause of death in Africa, where twenty-eight million people are HIV-positive, and where some twelve million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In Zimbabwe, 45 percent of children under the age of five are HIV-positive, and the epidemic has shortened life expectancy by twenty-two years. A fifteen-year-old in Botswana or

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Overview

 AIDS is now the leading cause of death in Africa, where twenty-eight million people are HIV-positive, and where some twelve million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In Zimbabwe, 45 percent of children under the age of five are HIV-positive, and the epidemic has shortened life expectancy by twenty-two years. A fifteen-year-old in Botswana or South Africa has a one-in-two chance of dying of AIDS. AIDS deaths are so widespread in sub-Saharan Africa that small children now play a new game called “Funerals.”

The Children of Africa Confront AIDS depicts the reality of how African children deal with the AIDS epidemic, and how the discourse of their vulnerability affects acts of coping and courage. A project of the Institute for the African Child at Ohio University, The Children of Africa Confront AIDS cuts across disciplines and issues to focus on the world's most marginalized population group, the children of Africa.

Editors Arvind Singhal and Stephen Howard join conversations between humanitarian and political activists and academics, asking, “What shall we do?” Such discourse occurs in African contexts ranging from a social science classroom in Botswana to youth groups in Kenya and Ghana. The authors describe HIV/AIDS in its macro contexts of vulnerable children and the continent's democratization movements and also in its national contexts of civil conflict, rural poverty, youth organizations, and agencies working on the ground.

Singhal, Howard, and other contributors draw on compelling personal experience in descriptions of HIV/AIDS interventions for children in difficult circumstances and present thoughtful insights into data gathered from surveys and observations concerning this terrible epidemic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896802322
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Ohio RIS Africa Series, #80
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Possibilities of African Leadership1
1AIDS, Orphans, and the Future of Democracy in Africa13
2Civil Conflict, Sexual Violence, and HIV/AIDS: Challenges for Children in Sierra Leone40
3The Vulnerability of Children and Orphaned Youth in Zimbabwe51
4Reducing the Vulnerability of Africa's Children to HIV/AIDS59
5Understanding the Psychological and Emotional Needs of AIDS Orphans in Africa85
6Storytelling as a Psychological Intervention for AIDS Orphans in Africa105
7HIV/AIDS, Children, and Sub-Saharan Africa: Dealing with Bereavement119
8For the Sake of the Children: Community-Based Youth Projects in Kenya131
9Participatory HIV Intervention with Ghanaian Youth149
10How Communities Help Families Cope with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe159
11Sara: A Role Model for African Girls Facing HIV/AIDS171
12The Treatment of AIDS in Soul Buddyz: A Multimedia Campaign for Children's Health in South Africa193
13"HIV Is Gold, AIDS Is Platinum": Community Radio for Social Change211
14Teaching Social Studies in Botswana in the Age of HIV/AIDS219
15Communication Strategies for Confronting AIDS: Empowering the Children of Africa230
Notes on Contributors247
Index of Names257
Index of Subjects259

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