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A family is for a lifetime – Part I. A discussion of the need for family care for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Part II. An annotated bibliography

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The discussion paper found in the first part of this document is based on a review of approximately 80 documents related to the provision of care for children lacking family care in countries most affected by HIV/AIDS. Although the review is not exhaustive, it includes the most significant and relevant literature concerning this group of children. The materials reviewed have been annotated in the second part of this document. The annotated bibliography and the discussion evolved from a desire of several organisations concerned with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS to provide a firm conceptual basis for their work. This group of individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governmental and religious organisations, and international organisations work against time and tremendous odds to develop care and protection interventions for the growing numbers of children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. From the literature concerning children without family care, the paper identifies: The most common areas of concern; the gaps of information most frequently mentioned; and the solutions most frequently suggested for meeting the identified needs.

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