'With a little help from my friends': exploring the impact of peer-led HIV intervention and psychosocial support groups for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz, I.Van der Heijden, M.Makoae, L.Richter, A.Rozani, T.Runciman, N.Ndimande
KEYWORDS: HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC), PEER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, POVERTY
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5782

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Abstract

This study operates at the nexus of three important contemporary phenomena: the widespread HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa; the psychosocial needs of impoverished children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS; and peer education, a technology that is increasingly being used to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention. The following review will explore each of these aspects in order to deepen understanding of the ways in which peer-led HIV intervention and support groups, such as the one being explored in this study, may be delivered as part of the solution to South Africa's challenge of HIV prevention.