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International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Title
Building Blocks: Asia (Protection)
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Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children
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International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 22 pp
Description

See series of related publications. Reproduced with kind permission of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Abstract

"The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, with funding from USAID, has produced this series of practical briefing notes to assist policy-makers, programme managers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), local government and communities to respond to the needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS1 in Asia. The briefing notes focus on how programmes can strengthen the capacity of children, families and communities. They do not include general information on HIV and AIDS, as this is available in many other publications. These briefing notes are part of a set of seven, comprising six topics and an overview; Health and nutrition; Livelihoods and economic strengthening; Education and training; Care and psychosocial support; Social inclusion.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic increases the vulnerability of children to neglect, abuse and exploitation. Poverty and breakdown in families affected by HIV and AIDS can result in children leaving home to seek work. Children who are orphaned or abandoned and children with little education and few skills often end up living on the streets. Children in the poorest families may be sold or trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation. Children of migrants, sex workers and other marginalised groups are particularly vulnerable. These circumstances increase the chances that such children will in turn be infected with HIV. Without adult care and support, access to information and services or legal protection, children are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, involvement in prostitution or crime, and abuse of drugs and alcohol, all of which increase their risk of HIV infection. Programmes for children affected by HIV and AIDS need to develop strategies to improve child protection, including strengthening the capacity of communities, families and vulnerable children themselves to prevent and cope with situations where children are at risk."

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  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Overview), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 18 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Education), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2006, 24 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Health and Nutrition), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 28 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Livelihoods and Economic Strengthening), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 24 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Care and Psychosocial Support), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 26 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Social Inclusion), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 20 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]