AIDS and the Family: Policy Options for a Crisis in Family by Department of Economic and Social Affairs

By Department of Economic and Social Affairs

HIV and AIDS take a profound toll on households. whilst a friend turns into ailing or dies, every body within the kin suffers. In 2001, the United international locations normal meeting designated consultation on HIV/AIDS well-known the real function performed by means of the relatives in prevention, care and help. This book addresses the problems and demanding situations of HIV/AIDS from a relatives viewpoint, utilizing details and information from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Intrafamily communication and gender equity represent family capital assets, whereas domestic violence, abuse and gender discrimination represent serious liabilities. Practices that are intended to strengthen family capital accumulation, such as the rituals surrounding birth and marriage, may in certain situations become critical liabilities if they significantly reduce the current or future wellbeing of the family by endangering the health of one or more members or by promoting indebtedness, the early marriage of girls or bonded labour.

Those factors that appear to be attributable to the individual family include the following: The economic situation; The degree to which gender equity is given expression within the family through means such as spousal communication and joint decision-making; equity in the education of girls in the family; and shared decisionmaking in the allocation of household resources; Intrafamily communication skills; The level of domestic violence andor substance abuse (if any); Parenting skills, including intrafamily contributions to the building and maintenance of individuals' self-esteem, the development of a positive self-image, and the promotion of autonomy; Intrafamily respect for the integrity of individual family members coupled with recognition of their interdependence; The sense of personal efficacy and resourcefulness among family members.

The framework provided herein derives from an examination and analysis of the interaction of the three HIVIAIDS epidemics with each of the three elements of family capital (family relationships, resources and resilience). This approach takes the following into account: The epidemiological and trend analysis of HIVIAIDS, with particular notice taken of the numbers and characteristics of families affected by HIVIAIDS; The structure and functions of the family and intrafamily relations-particularly as they affect and are affected by HIVIAIDS; The economic, social and cultural contexts and the specific impact of HNIAIDS in those contexts.

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