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Hurdles to cross over: being a child of HIV positive widow: a study from Karnataka, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Jaipur National University, Jaipur, India
  • 2Jaipur National University, Jaipur, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (6), Pages 1-5, June,14 (2017)


Karnataka is home to nearly 25000 widow-headed households. 65% of these households have no lands, 31% are dependent on agriculture labour and only 20% have a regular income source. The average annual income is Rs. 40000/-. 31% continue to live in a rented households and 80% of the houses are semi-pukka/ mud houses. 60% of these households have poor sanitation facilities. Poor access to HIV treatment, family support, stigma and discrimination, results in poor quality of life and forced migration. There are more than 40,000 children who are in these households. The study is intended to understand the impact on the children. 35 questionnaires were administered with the widows and their children accessing care services, using purposive sampling and the data was analysed using qualitative study methods. Study reveals that the impact on the children is manifold. They are forced to poor nutritional, educational and psycho-social support; they drop out of schools and join trivial jobs. While the single mothers continue to play the dual role, they have put in efforts to ensure sustainable livelihoods.


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