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Grandparents Left with AIDS-orphans; Challenges and Strategies Handling Poverty and Stigma
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

By 2010 it is estimated that one third of the African children will be orphans as an effect of HIV/AIDS. The crisis is already a fact and most orphans are absorbed by the extended family where the grandparents become the primary caretakers. This qualitative study was carried out in Kenya to explore the situation of these grandparents and to define their current resources and needs. Eight grandparents living in rural village or urban slum caring for their orphaned grandchildren were interviewed. The results showed that these families live under extremely poor conditions lacking food, other vital neccesities and a basic social network. Local churches and support groups emerged as the grandparents main sources to enhance strength and support. Key factors causing the acute poverty is HIV-related stigma and lack of access to land.

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Institutionen för socialt arbete , 2008. , p. 24
Keywords [en]
HIV/AIDS, orphans, grandparents, caregiving, stigma, Kenya
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-91OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-91DiVA, id: diva2:1652
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2008-01-17, G1353, G, Mittuniversitetet, Östersund, 13:15
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Available from: 2008-02-01 Created: 2008-02-01Bibliographically approved

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