Children of AIDS

Children of AIDS : Africa's Orphan Crisis

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AIDS has ravaged Africa. South of the Sahara, the epidemic is catastrophic. Every day 1700 South Africans contract HIV, and in Botswana over a third of adults are infected. With the death toll ever increasing, this book explores how governments, charities and families are responding to the next wave of the crisis: millions of orphaned children.Told through moving first-hand testimonies and lucid commentaries, "Children of AIDS" gives an unparalleled insight into the reality of day to day life for the street orphans, carers, volunteers, doctors and family members living through the crisis across South Africa, Zambia and Uganda. The extended family is the traditional safety net for orphans, but under this kind of strain other ways of coping with the crisis are emerging. In addition to family case studies, Emma Guest looks at childcare projects, fostering schemes and orphanages; the benefits and difficulties of international involvement; and the prospects for children living on the streets or in child-headed families.These accounts of personal courage and resilience in the face of unimaginable poverty and bereavement are both disturbing and awe-inspiring. Emma Guest questions what wshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 3,583.36g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • notes, index
  • 0745317693
  • 9780745317694

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"'Emma Guest has thrown a beam of light on one of the areas of darkness in the HIV/AIDS epidemic - the plight of millions of children whose parents have been fatal casualties of this disease. AIDS orphans have received far less attention from governments, scientists and funders, than they deserve. This book is a richly textured weave of the personal stories of AIDS orphans in Africa and therefore complements the formal presentations in lecture theatres and policy boardrooms.' Professor Hoosen Coovadia, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Natal"show more

About Emma Guest

Emma Guest has lived in South Africa and travelled throughout the African continent. A former communications manager for the charity Samaritans, she is currently a freelance writer on AIDS-related more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Section i: Families 1 Mbuya's story 2 Extending families 3 Strangers step in Section ii: Projects 4 Childcare by committee 5 Hope in the hills 6 Institutionalised 7 A hundred dollars for a bull Section iii: International involvement 8 Foreign aid or interference? Section iv: Children alone 9 A mother to her brothers 10 Falling through the net Conclusion Notes List of organisations Indexshow more

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