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Child Headed Households in Tanzania: A Case of Makete District


Author: Flora O. Kasumba
Year: 2005
Abstract: One of the devastating results of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is the increasing number of orphans who have lost either one or both parents to the disease. Makete is a district in the south western part of Tanzania where about 40% of the children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Makete District Council in collaboration with UNICEF has been laying down strategies and interventions, which would help to reduce new HIV infections in the communities. This study has focused on children who are living on their own in child headed households (CHHs). These are households, which are headed by children who assume the role of adults as heads of households. The main objective of this study was to assess the social, economic and emotional support to the children. The role of the local community and the extended family in spearheading the support is also assessed. In order to collect data, questionnaires, focus group discussions and observation were used in this study. The findings of the study show that there are more CHH in some than other areas in the district. The findings also show that there are more female than male CHHs in Makete. The results reflect the district
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