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The stigmatization of children with HIV/AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya

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posted on 2021-05-22, 16:50 authored by Benta Ogutu
The study investigated stigmatization of HIV/AIDS children in Nairobi, Kenya. It involved eight HIV/AIDS infected children aged 7-15 years from Joseph Kangethe Primary school, with an equal mix between boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups. A qualitative approach using interview questions and a phenomenological inquiry strategy was adopted. Data from in-depth personal interviews was transcribed, coded and categorized into themes and analyzed through the post-colonial lens. Stigma was detected through what the children felt about their status and their experiences. Key themes identified were: the children experienced different psychosocial impacts, including fear, denial, shame, fear of isolation and loneliness, and trauma. They confirmed the efficacy of anti-retroviral therapy (ART). From these findings and supporting literature, the study recommends counseling facilities, provision of anti-retroviral therapy, reconceptualized education using modern and tradition approaches, forums to discuss sexuality and HIV, home based care, community mobilization and empowerment to reduce HIV stigmatization.





Master of Arts


Early Childhood Studies

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type