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Protecting Childhood in the AIDS PandemicFinding Solutions that Work$
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Jody Heymann, Lorraine Sherr, and Rachel Kidman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765126.001.0001

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Strength Under Duress

Strength Under Duress

Community Responses to Children’s Needs

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Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic

Geoff Foster

Nathan Nshakira

Nigel Taylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of communities in the support of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To the extent to which they are capable, communities have been energetic, creative, and generous in addressing the predicament of OVCs, as they provide far more services and direct support for children affected by HIV and AIDS than do government ministries, donors, or international nongovernmental organizations combined. The chapter analyses the scope and impact of communities’ work in this area, as well as its shortcomings and knowledge gaps. It argues for stronger national and international responses to mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS on children by complementing and strengthening community OVC responses.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children, community-based support, service provision, development assistance, knowledge gaps

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