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15. WORKSHOP - Children, HIV and Poverty in Southern Africa
9-10 April 2002
HSRC Conference Centre
134 Pretorius Street

15.1 Objectives of the workshop

This workshop examined the impact of HIV on children's lives in southern Africa. It had the prime objective of raising the issues of poverty, children and HIV to a much higher level of understanding and concomitant action amongst policy makers, governments, donors and civil society organisations within southern Africa. Discussion concentrated on how the rights of orphans and affected families could be secured, so that these most vulnerable of children could enjoy protection, food security and improved access to health and education. The workshop also considered the macro-economic impact of HIV as well as the increasing demands placed on communities for the care of orphans.

This workshop brought together government officials, policy makers, researchers, community development practitioners and a wide range of civil society organisations. It is hoped that the set of realistic recommendations that came out of the workshop will strengthen the links between people making macro-level decisions on behalf of children and those organisations and communities who supporting affected children on a daily basis.

The workshop was been organised jointly by Save the Children, the Southern African Poverty Network and the Child, Youth and Family Programme of the HSRC. These institutions share a commitment to policy processes that will alleviate the plight of children. The workshop papers will soon be posted on the SARPN website.

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