HIV is not a health problem it is one of the major social problems. It is creating the more social disturbance in the children and their families. I am working for 5 years with HIV/AIDS affected and Infected children. I observed so many case studies of the children in HIV/AIDS sector.
Due to AIDS, children become Orphans. It is estimated that more than 20 million children, bellow 18 years have been orphaned as result of AIDS. This number is increasing day by day in the communities, states and national scenarios.
Children lost their both/single parents and are suffering from emotional trauma, attached stigma & Discrimination, deprived of basic needs (such as food, shelter and cloths) health, education and having sibling separation. Children lost parental love, care, affection, and support and depend on others such as grannies; relatives, hostels, homes, friends, communities and foster families. Approximately 50-60% AIDS Orphans is living with their aged (65 to 70 years) grannies.
A few of the foster families, relatives and neighbors are exploiting the children and snatching their properties and are being thrown out to the streets. As a result Children had to stop their education and resulting in emergency of child headed families, child labour, child workers, street children, mediators between the lovers, mentally retard, commuting anti social elements ,committing suicide and a few are addicted alcohol, Gutkas, drugs, going to pornographic movies.
If AIDS orphan is a girl, she has more risk than boys. They can easily fall in Love or depend on a one; it leads to trafficking and sex work. If the AIDS Orphan is a HIV positive nobody comes forward to provide care and support and they are under malnutrition and passing away. This is the current situation of the AIDS orphan.
This is not for all the AIDS Orphans, but majority of the AIDS Orphans are having the same. We need to develop the intervention for the AIDS Orphans in the SACS Programmes. Till now there is now focused intervention for the AIDS Orphans. If we continue the same Programmes we may not see the good result in HIV/AIDS affected families. The families may be in the same contests.