Institutionalised Children with HIV AIDS During Covid 19 Pandemic: A Case Study
Children infected with HIV/AIDS are susceptible to untold problems, which worsen their biological, psychological and social functioning. The chronic medical conditions in children pose a range of potential challenges to the child and the family members and health care providers, especially during a pandemic. COVID has brought about a severe threat to their subsistence and, to no small extent, existence in this world. This study intends to identify various social work interventions necessary for these children during this pandemic situation. The study was conducted among some institutions providing care for children with HIV/AIDS in South India using Case study method. Data was collected from institutional caregivers of the children using telephonic interviews, generating themes and drawing conclusions from it. This study brings about innumerable challenges faced by those institutions providing adequate care, protection, and necessities for those children. The current pandemic situation prevents them from acquiring the necessary treatment and assistance for infected and affected children and obtaining desirable social support forms. Various governmental and non-governmental institutions must focus on social work intervention among these children, utilising necessities like food, clothing, medicines, regular medical check-ups, counselling, motivation, life skill training, etc. Dedicated efforts of various organisations during recent years have resulted in a decline in HIV prevalence and number of people living with HIV/AIDS. We cannot change the virus, but we can change inequalities, power imbalances, marginalisation, taboos and stigma, and discrimination. We can change behaviours and societies.
Keywords: HIV AIDS, COVID, Children, Institutionalization, Social Work Intervention