By Ruth Evans

This ground-breaking e-book specializes in the studies and views of kids which are taking good care of a mother or father with HIV within the international North and South. Drawing on unique learn info, this e-book provides a special perception into the similarities and ameliorations in kid's studies throughout assorted socio-economic, cultural and welfare contexts. This booklet makes an important contribution to the starting to be examine facts on young children with being concerned tasks ('young carers') and the affects of HIV/AIDS on households globally. It examines the affects of caregiving inside households plagued by HIV/AIDS; kid's and households' resilience; the criteria influencing even if little ones get entangled in care paintings; and native and international coverage responses. also, it presents the debts of oldsters residing with HIV and repair prone operating with households. This e-book may be of curiosity to policymakers and practitioners in HIV/AIDS, and to researchers, teachers and scholars excited about overseas improvement; social coverage; early life and early life reports; social paintings; overall healthiness and social care; schooling; kid's providers; and, nursing and palliative care.

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Home-based care provided by non-governmental, community or faith-based organisations is the only available support offered to most families. In this context the family is endorsed as the dominant provider of caregiving, reinforced and maintained by government policies that prioritise home-based care and offer no adequate or affordable alternatives. Not surprisingly, the role of non-governmental and community-based organisations has become crucial in filling some of the care gaps between the family, state and the private sector.

These figures indicate that some children are drawn into a caring role from a very young age and that some care for very long hours each week, with one in six children caring for more than 20 hours per week and almost one in ten caring for more than 50 hours each week. These figures are likely to be minimums rather than maximums, however, and the full extent of young caregiving is likely to be higher. There are few reliable figures on the number of children involved in caregiving in other countries.

However, since this study an increasing number of African children have become affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, suggesting that a higher proportion of children are now likely to be involved in caring for sick parents and relatives. While these data might indicate broadly that between 2% and 4% of children in the North could be considered to have significant caring responsibilities, it is clear that more accurate and reliable data are required globally. Moreover, these figures provide no information about the number and proportion of people who require assistance in each country.

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