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Title: HIV/AIDS AND ITS IMPACTS ON THE TRADITIONAL SUPPORT NETWORKS OF THE ELDERLY: THE CASE OF ARADA SUB CITY IN ADDIS ABABA
Authors: MUSSIE, TEZAZU
Advisors: Professor Nathan L. Linsk
Copyright: Jun-2006
Date Added: 17-May-2012
Publisher: ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to assess and analyze the consequences HIV/AIDS on the traditional support networks of the elderly in Arada sub-city. The study focuses on assessing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the traditional support networks of the elderly; problems, aggravating factors and coping mechanisms of older people; and policy responses and the existing practices to address problems of older people. The methodology of the study was qualitative where primary and secondary sources of data were used. To collect the necessary data, the researcher employed key informant interview, focus group discussion, semi-structured interview, observation, in-depth interview and document analysis as major techniques. In this regard, interview guides, topical outlines, and observation checklists have been used. In the course of analysis, family care giving, community care and support through its institutions, supports of religious institutions, alms giving, and sporadic initiatives by associations and private enterprises have been identified as traditional support networks of the elderly. Lack of basic needs; financial constraints; age related health problems; psychosocial stress and trauma; social exclusions; etc are the major problems of older people. Whereas, poverty, lack attention, absence of social security, death of children from AIDS, the myths and misconception related to aging and lack of elderly-targeted programs are the identified aggravating factors. HIV/AIDS is affecting the traditional support networks of the elderly in a variety of ways. It was concluded that though it is difficult to figure out the number of older people infected/affected by the epidemic. HIV/AIDS is changing the roles of the elderly from being the recipient of care to providers of care and support. In this regard, the researcher suggests a number of relevant areas of social work practice to address problems of the elderly. Accordingly, policy responses; advocacy and awareness raising to maintain the traditional support networks, and designing and implementing participatory older peoplefocused relevant social word interventions at micro, mezzo and macro levels are recommended.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3091
Appears in:Thesis - Social Work

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