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Title:AIDS and Social Work in Africa
Author:Jackson, HelenISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:social policy
Health and Nutrition
Development and Technology
social work
AIDS (Disease)
Health services
Abstract:This paper describes the intensifying AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and identifies a range of emergent needs in this connection. It examines existing social work involvement in AIDS and finds that social workers in Africa are currently considerably underutilized in this field. The author explores potential social work roles, ranging from preventive counselling and education, to supportive counselling, practical and material support, the promotion of positive policy developments, and research, monitoring and evaluation. She argues for the inclusion of AIDS issues in all social work training, and for closer coordination between medical and social aspects of care, in order to engage social workers and others in meeting growing needs more effectively. The author also argues for the mobilization of widespread community resources for the prevention of HIV, to provide support for people with HIV or AIDS and their families, and to recognize AIDS as a critical development issue demanding an urgent response. Bibliogr.