||Commissioned and funded by UNICEF, this book is a compilation of the most current statistics and analyses of the impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the children of South Africa. Over 5 million South Africans are infected with HIV/AIDS. By 2010, it is estimated that, of the 18 million children in South Africa, 3 million will be orphans. These least powerful members of our society will experience parental loss, household upheaval, increased poverty and, for those unfortunate enough to be infected themselves, death as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
This text provides a comprehensive discussion of current interventions and their effectiveness in addressing the situation. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, it is likely to become an important resource manual for those wishing to gain an understanding of how HIV/AIDS impacts on children and what we're doing about it. Authors, including Rob Dorrington, Sonia Giese, Deborah Ewing, as well as HEARD Research Fellow, Chris Desmond and Research Associates Peter Badcock-Walters, Rose Smart and Jeff Gow, examine and critique the responses of families, communities, civil society and especially governments to the crisis confronting children and offer alternatives which may assist in alleviating these impacts.