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Needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS: Mangaung in the Free State

R.M. Chakalane-Mpeli, L. Roets
Curationis | Vol 30, No 3 | a1110 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i3.1110 | © 2007 R.M. Chakalane-Mpeli, L. Roets | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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R.M. Chakalane-Mpeli, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
L. Roets, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

The terminal illness or death of a parent due to HIV and AIDS has a disastrous effect on the surviving children. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the needs of HIV and AIDS orphans and pre-orphans. A qualitative method using indepth interviews with 10 children affected by their parent’s illness or death was carried out. Results indicate that there was a marked reduction in financial capital paving the way for basic physical needs such as food, clothing, fuel and shelter. Lack of school fees, uniforms and transport money together with biased teachers and rigid school policies were affecting school attendance and performance. On the psychosocial level needs expressed were for family and community support, friendship, acceptance by the group as well as love and belonging. It seems as if stigmatisation and resulting ostracism by important-others is a drawback at all levels of interaction for AIDS orphans and pre-orphans.

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