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Children, HIV/AIDS and communication in South Africa : a literature review

FOX Susan
OYOSI Salome
PARKER Warren
May 2002

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This literature review covers key issues relating to children aged 3-12 and HIV/AIDS, including discrimination, grief, children's rights, and knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS. The impact on the child, family and community is discussed in detail, particularly in terms of the psycho-social impact of bereavement and how this impacts on the child at different stages in its development. Various community programmes within southern Africa are highlighted, which support children to develop life skills. The influence, role and practice of the media in working with and reaching children is addressed, and case studies of South African media projects such as Soul Buddyz and Takalani Sesame are provided

Transferring palliative care from institutions to communities

SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIDS TRAINING PROGRAMME (SAT)

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This brief publication describes the issues in home- or community-based care for chronically or terminally ill people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. It describes a project at the Island Hospice and Bereavement Service in Zimbabwe, which integrated 'traditional' home-based care (HBC) and the specialised palliative care and bereavement support offered at the hospice. It concludes that HBC projects that are linked to and supported by institutions such as hospices are able to integrate specialised skills in palliative care and bereavement support into their on-going work

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