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Title:'Spoiling property': HIV/AIDS and land rights in Kombewa, Kenya
Author:Okuro, Samwel Ong'wenISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:11
Issue:2
Pages:108-123
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:AIDS
land tenure
orphans
widows
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487627
Abstract:By June 2000, 1.5 million people in Kenya had died of HIV/AIDS. Today the death rates from HIV/AIDS have reached 150,000 persons per year. Regionally, of all the provinces in Kenya, Nyanza has the highest prevalence rate at 15 percent in adults, while in the division of Kombewa prevalence rates stand at more than 22 percent. Using a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach, this article examines the relationship between HIV/AIDS and land rights in Kombewa division. In particular, it addresses the question of to what extent the emergence of HIV/AIDS has impacted the land rights of widows and orphans, i.e. their ability to hold, use and transact land at the local level. The article illustrates how HIV/AIDS infected households are facing difficult economic choices as their limited resources, including land, are increasingly diverted to the cost of care and treatment of those infected with HIV/AIDS. In Kombewa, HIV/AIDS has worsened the situation of vulnerable groups, specifically widows and orphans, who are systematically disinherited and dispossessed of land, which may well be their main source of livelihood. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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