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Bailey, Althea; Gray, Alicia
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A Model for Reducing Stigma and Discrimination Towards Children Infected With or Affected by HIV/AIDS Accessing Early Childhood Education
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
Objective: Reducing stigma and discrimination towards children 0-5 years infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS attending Early Childhood Institutions. Background: Reports of children with HIV being turned away from day care centres and basic schools in St. Catherine led to community interventions from the health department. It became clear that this response required multiple approaches including interventions in early childhood institutions (ECIs) as well as partnership with the Ministry of Education. Method: A stigma reduction intervention confined to the parish of St. Catherine targeted 1500 workers in ECIs. It consisted of training in the prevention of occupational exposure to blood borne diseases and the production of educational materials. This was done in a context of making the ECI safe. HIV was one of four areas of focus including immunization, control of diahorreal diseases and management of asthma/respiratory infections. A train the trainers approach was used to equip the ECI workers to sensitize parents and colleagues. Results: A pre-post implementation survey showed significant improvement in attitudes towards children with HIV among ECI workers. Conclusion: This programme is a suitable model for stigma reduction in ECIs.....
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