AIDS and the Family: Policy Options for a Crisis in Family by Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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HIV and AIDS take a profound toll on households. whilst a friend turns into ailing or dies, every body within the family members suffers. In 2001, the United international locations common meeting detailed consultation on HIV/AIDS well-known the $64000 position performed through the kinfolk in prevention, care and aid. This ebook addresses the problems and demanding situations of HIV/AIDS from a family members standpoint, utilizing info and information from sub-Saharan Africa.

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In spite of this fact-but consistent with the "individual behaviour" emphasis of the traditional response to the epidemic-there appears to be little research specifically addressing the family network and AIDS in individual countries or cultures, and even less relating to how family networks in different settings have succeeded or failed in addressing the care and support needs of member families affected by HIVIAIDS. One problem is the absence of the operational definitions and comparable methodology required to measure, observe and assess the response of such networks to the epidemic.

Because family stability and security is of critical importance, it is imperative that steps be taken to address the complex relationship between HIVIAIDS and family policy issues, with the ultimate aim of achieving full integration. A suitable framework and an intersectoral perspective are essential in this ongoing endeavour. A family-HIVIAIDS framework must focus on family needs per se, and not merely on the family's role in preventing HIV transmission and caring for those with AIDS. The framework provided herein derives from an examination and analysis of the interaction of the three HIVIAIDS epidemics with each of the three elements of family capital (family relationships, resources and resilience).

In many societies, longstanding traditions surrounding child-rearing or spousal relations, for example, have become outmoded before new conventions are developed or accepted, creating a kind of normative vacuum. 39Each of the three HIVIAIDS epidemics constitutes just such a challenge. Topouzis and du Guerny emphasize that strategies for reducing vulnerability to HIVIAIDS must address the most basic needs of those at risky as indicated in box 2. In terms of family function, vulnerable families can be described as those likely to experience the following: The ability to adapt or cope in difficult circumstances is described as resilience.

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