HIV/AIDS and impoverishment : a study in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa

Khosa, Patricia (2009-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.


The challenges brought by HIV/AIDS across the world have created strong divisions and inequalities between employers and employees, young and adults, men and women, black and white, employees and employees, teachers and students and also employers themselves. It has changed the shape of the world. Poverty too, has taken its course. The usage of condoms as a preventive measure against the contracting of STD's is undermined by young generations. Children become orphans due to the outcome of HIV/AIDS. Young children left school early for farm labourers due to poverty dimensions. Siblings are family headed because parents died and relatives are not willing to care for them. Food insecurity becomes a challenge among the infected and affected poor household. Is it HIV/AIDS or poverty that has changed the world forms? The cause for all the consequences remains rhetorical. Sub-Saharan is declared as the highest country with PLWHA and in poverty. This paper examined how the poor communities cope under the umbrella of the HIV/AIDS and Poverty world. The paper also provides suggestions that programmes and policies on anti-poverty be developed. Projects such as home based care for PLWHA from poor communities who cannot afford for caring should be instituted as one remedy to keep girls at schools than to care for the sick household members. Educating girls will be a tool to minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS and they will know about their rights.

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