Community responses to HIV and AIDS

| July 6, 2020

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Our Script of the Week focuses on community responses to the impact of HIV and AIDS.

To help cope with the impact of HIV and AIDS in their communities, Africans have established a wide range of social support activities. These activities serve to share the burden of increasing workloads because of the deaths and sickness associated with AIDS. Sometimes they are initiated by the community itself, or they may be started and supported by outside agencies, such as government, NGOs, or religious institutions. This wide range of strategies includes:

  • Loans and savings clubs
  • Shared child care
  • Labour-saving clubs
  • Funeral funds/Burial societies
  • Social support groups
  • Community grain banks

Coping strategies that are developed locally are often the most practical and least expensive to implement. Broadcasters have an opportunity to promote and support local coping strategies by featuring them in radio programs.

This script features two hosts discussing a variety of approaches to labour shortages that have resulted from HIV and AIDS. Please see the end of the script for descriptions of some of the coping strategies mentioned in the script.