International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Psychology Science | Kenya | Volume 3 Issue 12, December 2014 | Rating: 6.4 / 10

Psychosocial Status of HIV Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) Paediatric Populations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case of Eldoret Municipality, Kenya

Mary W. Chege | Joshua Akong'a | Elijah Oyoo-Okoth [10]

Abstract: Acquired Immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has devastated population in Sub Saharan African leaving many children orphaned. The Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) occasioned by death of one or both parents through HIV are exposed to challenges in life that may affect their psychosocial status. Although data on the extent of HIV/AIDS on paediatric population is well known, the psychosocial status of the children are rather obscured that hinder plan of assistance to help these children cope with trauma. This study assessed psychosocial status of the HIV positive children in Eldoret Municipality, in Kenya. It was conducted through survey design and targeted 384 OVC and 214 guardians. Data were collected through structured questionnaires and interviews. Personal problems experienced by the children included depression, trauma, stress, seclusion and grief, leading to overall low levels of psychosocial status in children. It is recommended that a comprehensive update on the issues that bring psychological trauma, stress and depression such as discrimination of the children should be addressed by HIV therapists and other healthcare practitioners working with HIV-infected persons through regular anti-discriminatory campaigns and provides a chance to treat such children to reduce situations that cause psychosocial problem

Keywords: Orphaned and Vulnerable children (OVCs), HIV/AIDS, Psychosocial status, Eldoret Municipality

Edition: Volume 3 Issue 12, December 2014,

Pages: 695 - 699

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