Disability, social functioning and school inclusion among older children and adolescents living with HIV in Zimbabwe

by Ruramayi Rukuni, Grace McHugh, Edith Majonga et al.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol. 23, No 2, pp 149–155, February 2018

7 pp. 75 kB

Increasing numbers of children with HIV are surviving to adolescence and encountering multiple clinical and social consequences of long-standing HIV infection. The authors aimed to investigate the association between HIV and disability, social functioning and school inclusion among 6- to 16-year-olds in Zimbabwe. They conclude that children with HIV commonly experience disabilities, and this is associated with social and educational exclusion. Rehabilitation and support services are needed to facilitate educational attainment and social participation in this group.

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