Áhrif alnæmisfaraldursins á ungar stúlkur í Úganda, rofin fjölskyldutengsl

Sigurlaug Hauksdóttir


HIV/AIDS has had enormous global impact on individuals and societies alike. Two thirds of those infected live in the African nations, and the rate of infection is highest among young females (UNAIDS, 2010). The goal of this research was to investigate the effects of the AIDS epidemic on the lives of young females in Uganda, the severed family ties during their childhood and responsibility for children later in their lives. A qualitative method was used, and open interviews conducted with 15 girls supported by the Candle Light Foundation in Kampala, capital of Uganda in Africa. The results showed that the AIDS epidemic and poverty had significantly affected their lives. The girls invariably had severed family ties due to the death of one or both parents, divorce or being abandoned by the parents and subsequent relocation with or without their siblings. Later in life they were often responsible for children, their own and others. The girls nevertheless had strenght and support from the extended family to deal with the situation. Knowledge of remote and exotic conditions can be a valuable asset to social workers.


HIV/AIDS, Uganda; qualitative study; orphans; vulnerable children.




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