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Meeks Gardner, Julie; Thomas, Joan A.
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Caribbean Child Development Centre
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Network for Researchers Working with Caribbean Children and HIV/AIDS
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UWI HARP's Third Scientific and Business Conference
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May 5 - 8, 2005
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Sherbourne Conference Centre. Barbados
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http:; www.uwiharpconference.org/presentations/AbstractRoo_111799803978
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Abstract
Aim: To investigate the need for a network of researchers working with children and HIV/AIDS. Method: A one-day workshop was convened with researchers in this area to share findings across disciplines, target areas most needed for research, prevent duplication of efforts and identify possible areas for collaboration. Results: Thirty persons attended the conference on December 9, 2004, at the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC), UWI, Mona. Presentations included the results of a rapid assessment in St James, Jamaica, the Jamaican national plan of action for orphans and vulnerable children, the effects on the education sector, community responses to infected children, incorporation of HIV/ AIDS information into the Health and Family Life Education curriculum for teacher training, and on several issues concerning perinatal and pediatric HIV/AIDS. In addition, a perspective on the role of the education sector from 20 countries in Africa was presented by South African guests. Recommendations for future research included mapping to identify high prevalence areas, determining children's perceptions, and the impact on school teachers and school children. Discussion: The participants strongly supported the formalization of a network to maintain contact through electronic messaging to continue dialogue among the participants, for expansion of the network to other Caribbean countries, and for a clearinghouse of information. The CCDC indicated willingness to seek funding to carry out this role. Conclusion: The desirability and role of a network concerning Caribbean children and HIV/AIDS was clearly established.....
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