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Using A “Kids Club Method” To Understand Experiences Of Children Orphaned By AIDS In North-Central Namibia

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Sub-Saharan Africa remains the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic; accounting for almost two thirds of all people living with HIV and for three quarters of AIDS deaths globally in 2008. This chapter is devoted to the use of a "Kids Club Method" as a means of conducting research on sensitive issues by dialoguing with children, and the evaluation and effects of this method six years later. North-Central Namibia is a heavily affected region, with a HIV prevalence level that is amongst the highest in the country. Each session of the Kids Club consisted of a group discussion, drawing and discussing the drawings with children individually; these activities were alternated with games or songs to correspond with the short attention span of children. Finally, the chapter concludes that the Kids Club was seen as a place where children could forget about their problems, and where children built friendships.

Keywords: Africa; AIDS; Kids Club Method; North-Central Namibia



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