Foundation for the Future: Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Children Living With HIV in South Africa and Uganda

Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Anjala Kanesathasan, Jonathan Brakarsh, Marnie Vujovic, Kgethi Dlamini, Eve Namisango, Rose Nasaba, Katherine Fritz, Vincent J. Wong, Sara Bowsky

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Abstract

Successes in diagnosing and treating pediatric HIV have necessitated care that extends beyond basic medical needs. However, capacity for providing childhood psychosocial support (PSS) remains limited. Programmatic research with young PLHIV, care providers and parents in Uganda and South Africa explored challenges in meeting the psychosocial needs of HIV-positive children. Three areas for childhood PSS were examined: disclosure, stigma, and grief/bereavement. This research identified programming gaps, strategies and good practices in five focal areas: providing immediate postdiagnosis support, stigma reduction, capacity building, addressing grief, and promoting peer support. Recommendations are presented for enhancing PSS for HIV-positive children in resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • AIDS
  • care
  • children
  • counseling
  • HIV
  • psychosocial
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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