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INDIA HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE
September 2008

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This newsletter outlines preliminary interventions in India and sets out the aim of the publication as a forum for information exchange

Fostering disability-inclusive HIV/AIDS programs in northeast India : a participatory study

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June 2007

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"This paper summarises findings from a participatory study which aimed to develop practical guidelines to make HIV programmes in the states of Manipur and Nagaland more disability-friendly...The objectives were to: 1) explore HIV risk and risk perception in relation to people with disability (PWD) among HIV and disability programmers, and PWD themselves; 2) identify HIV-related education and service needs and preferences of PWD; and 3) utilise findings and stakeholder consultation to draft practical guidelines for inclusion of disability into HIV programming in this region of India"

Gender equality and the HIV pandemic

HOPE, Ruth
2007

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This paper suggests the need for a particular focus on women and women's empowerment as part of the response to the HIV pandemic, because the majority of infections are sexually transmitted

Tell me more : children's rights and sexuality in the context of HIV/AIDS in Africa

THOMSEN, Sarah C
2007

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This report explores the strategies that children have developed for dealing with sexuality and relationships in the face of HIV and AIDS; and provides stakeholders with a coherent rights and youth-oriented knowledge base for the development of a sexual and reproductive health agenda for advocacy. It gives an overview of sexual rights with a focus on children’s rights, including their access to sexual and reproductive health information, as endorsed by relevant international conventions and policies. It also looks at the concept of sexuality and the sexual development of children. The report includes a summary of children’s reflections on issues of sexuality and their coping mechanisms for preventing the transmission of HIV and AIDS. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations for effective responses that would support children’s existing coping mechanisms and enhance their ability to protect themselves

Scaling up memory work : the example of KIWAKKUKI in Tanzania

WARD, Nicola
ITEMBA, Dafrosa
2006

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Scaling up the memory work and extending it from Uganda to other African countries involved many challenges due to the wide range of different contexts, different types of implementing organisations and different cultures. This edition of Health Exchange gives an example from Tanzania where the organisation KIWAKKUKI, has developed a memory project based on experience and learning from NACWOLA in Uganda, but adapted to its specific cultural and organisational context

Strengthening systems to support children's healthy development in communities affected by HIV/AIDS : a review

RICHTER, Linda
2006

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This document reviews the literature and practice around the support provided to children affected by HIV and AIDS. It considers the impacts of HIV/AIDS on children and reviews the responses to children in communities affected by HIV/AIDS. It also looks at psychosocial interventions aimed at fostering psychosocial well-being, and analyses the shortcomings of these approaches. The document also considers the role played by the health sector, outlining health sector's responses to children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and focusing on systemic approaches to promote children's healthy development and the continuum of care

Community based counselling for people affected by HIV and AIDS

WINIARSKI, Mark G
March 2005

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"This book is written for men and women who have had no formal training in counselling, but feel called to help their neighbours respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It can also inform psychologists, teachers, social workers and other people working in Africa who want to know more about HIV and AIDS counselling issues"

Africa : memory boxes help to say goodbye

INTEGRATED REGIONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS (IRIN)
October 2003

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The article emphasises the principal use of memory boxes as a means for parents living with HIV to leave personal mementos, advice and small tokens for their children as a means of helping them overcome their loss and foster a sense of resilience, so they may approach the future more confidently. Memory boxes are shown to be a generic, replicable, low cost tool for community participation which help to create family/community psychosocial networks, effectively providing counselling on a large scale. This community approach gives participants a sense of ownership of the project and allows it to be adapted to local needs, which is important to its overall success

Stories of love, pain and courage : AIDS orphans and memory boxes

DENIS, Philippe
MAKIWANE, Nokhaya
2003

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This article reports on a project by the Sinomlando Centre for Oral History, in which memory boxes were used with young children in South Africa who had recently lost a parent due to AIDS. The act of making memory boxes and talking about the memories to be stored within it creates a space for families and communities to talk about life, death and plans for the future. This communication creates a psychosocial support network for young children with the aim of promoting resiliency so that they may be better able to cope with their loss. The article includes a short methodology of how the results of the project were gathered and three detailed case studies

Voices for advocacy on psychosocial support for children affected by AIDS

2003

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This call to action is the result of the gathering of 50 participants, coming from eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, representing nongovernmental organisations, institutions of higher learning, church organisations, Southern African Development Community (SADC), UNICEF, UNAIDS, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and youth interested in psychosocial support for children affected by AIDS

Vulnerable children : a psychological perspective

POULTER, Catherine
2001

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This paper draws on two studies of children in urban Lusaka, Zambia that examined psychological and social adjustment. The orphan study was of orphans living with members of their extended family. The family study was of children living with one or two parents who had been diagnosed as being HIV-positive

Digital hero book

REPSSI
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The Digital Hero Book Project aims to integrate hero booking into the learning activities of IT-enabled schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and other sites around the world, and put paper-based hero books into the digital arena. Hero Books are a form of memory work, a process of setting up a safe space for an individual to tell a story, whereby a young person becomes the author, illustrator and editor of their own book

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