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Building Hope for children affected by HIV


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A new book providing practical ideas for extended families and communities who are supporting children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa was released this month.

Building Hope,published by Macmillan and the Alliance, provides practical information about how HIV and AIDS affects the lives of children and their families and what can be done to help. It is written for community leaders and families and for people who find themselves looking after affected children.

More than 14 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In 2008 around 390,000 children were newly infected with HIV.

“The majority of children affected by HIV and AIDS don’t live in isolation,” explains Kate Harrison, author of Building Hope. “In Africa when a child’s parents die they are frequently taken care of by grandparents, older siblings or members of their community. It is important that we consider the needs of those looking after children affected by HIV and AIDS, so that these vulnerable children can get the love and care they need.”

The book covers topics such as how to mobilise your community, the importance of health and nutrition, psychological and emotional support and education. It outlines how to challenge the stigma and discrimination that children and extended families may face because of HIV.

“We have aimed to make the book really accessible for everyone. It’s important that people are provided with accurate information tailored to their needs. All the evidence shows that children fare better if they remain with their extended families and in their communities,” said Kate.

Kate Iorpenda, the Alliance’s senior advisor for children, said, “This is a very important addition to the range of publications available on HIV programming for children affected by HIV. I thoroughly recommend it.”

Kate Harrison worked at the Alliance for seven years. She then joined Comic Relief as HIV coordinator in 2008, where she is now portfolio manager of international grants. Macmillan partnered with Kate and the Alliance to publish the book, contributing their extensive 40 years experience in producing high quality educational text books and materials for healthcare programmes in developing countries. You can purchase copies of the book from TALC (Teaching AIDS at Low Cost).

    evidence shows that children fare better if they remain with their extended families and in their communities