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AIDS orphans -- how fares Zimbabwe?

Authors
  • Manson, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Positive outlook : the newsletter of the AIDS Alternative Health Project
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
4
Issue
2
Identifiers
PMID: 12293153
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The author spent 2 weeks in Zimbabwe during May 1997 partly in Harare and the rest in rural areas. He found Harare to be a very clean and vibrant city with no signs of decay. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved with children in distress explained that they try to keep AIDS orphans in the community, not necessarily in the city, but in their communities of origin which are largely in rural areas. Orphans who end up in the rural areas may benefit from the cultivation of collectively owned land and the occasional visit from field workers who may provide very basic material assistance. However, no government grants are available to either foster or adopt orphans, and the only possible tangible financial assistance will come from NGOs or churches. Children left in urban areas tend to gravitate toward informal settlements or be absorbed by fellow city dwellers. Those who end up in informal settlements are often child-headed households highly vulnerable to economic and sexual exploitation. Harare has a number of organizations which provide services to street children.

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