July 21, 2011

Support for AIDS orphans in Ghana - policy paper

"There are between 130,000 and 230,000 AIDS orphans in Ghana and their numbers are expected to grow. It is estimated that 20 to 26 percent of all orphans and other vulnerable children in Ghana have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The HIV prevalence rate is relatively low (1.9 %), but the problems caused by the HIV epidemic in Ghana are exacerbated by other factors, such as stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and urbanization and subsequent breakdown of the extended family system. Children are among the most vulnerable population groups affected by HIV/AIDS. Their quality of life declines dramatically as a result of parents (or other family members) contracting or dying of HIV."

This is the result of my research project from Ghana. A policy paper on support for AIDS orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Feel free to read, comment, criticize, but don't use it as your own. You can read the entire paper here

PS: Google Documents changed the formatting slightly so if you're interested, let me know and I can send you the original copy.

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