n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Utilizing cultural competency and translational research in scaling up care for Sub-Sahara African children impacted by HIV/AIDS : a conceptual review

Volume 5, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284


The HIV/AIDS pandemic has had a devastating impact on families and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. For several decades now, HIV/AIDS affected communities have been grappling with the best ways of providing care to children impacted by AIDS, after losing their parents to the disease. Given the scope and gravity of AIDS, many social health problems impact the welfare of AIDS affected children. These problems require solutions that are congruent with the cultural contexts of children affected by HIV/AIDS. In many instances, and as a result of social problems, children do not receive the best care they deserve. In recent years, there have been efforts to improve the quality of interventions for orphaned children. However, the impact of most interventions has been dismal because these interventions are often out of touch with the context and reality of children. Consequently, the interventions tend only to make minimal improvement in the children's welfare.

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