Caring for children affected by HIV and AIDS

Around the world, millions of children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and millions more live with sick and dying family members. The profound trauma of losing one or both parents has devastating long-term implications, not only for a child’s well-being and development, but for the stability of some communities.AIDS is killing not only parents, but also brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, neighbours, teachers and other members of the community. It is emptying schools, wiping out families and extinguishing hope. If it takes a village to raise a child, what happens to that child when the village is besieged by the dying and the dead?

© UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre


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