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Publication Date

Spring 2012

Program Name

South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

Abstract

This is a social analysis paper that explores child development and a child’s right to engage in play activities while living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Through experiences volunteering at the Children’s Rights Centre, interviewing occupational therapy professors, and living and playing in various communities in KwaZulu-Natal, the study looks into play development for children living with HIV and the policies put in place to protect their rights to play and develop. Primary data was triangulated against secondary sources, most of which were found while volunteering at the Children’s Rights Centre in Durban. The study looks at the stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, as well as its opportunistic infections, and how these work to inhibit a child from engaging in play activities important to their development. This study will be of use to South African people because it will raise awareness of the importance of play to human development, and encourage parents to take a more active role in facilitating play activities for/with their children.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Immune System Diseases | Inequality and Stratification

 

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