A Colombian institutional response to Colombian children infected with HIV/AIDS

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Author list: Acosta MEB, Amaya JGD, Koller SH
Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Pós-Graduação em Saúde Coletiva
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Ciência and Saúde Coletiva (1413-8123)
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 2
Start page: 507
End page: 516
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 1413-8123
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Children with HIV/AIDS is a social issue, the approach to which transcends the health sector. The normative, political, institutional and service sector responses have specificities related to children. A proposed approach is based on the following points: health care, nutrition, education, family-socioeconomic status, psychosocial repercussions, protection, housing, stigmatization and discrimination. Based on these guidelines, a survey was conducted of an institutional response applying the Bioecological Model of Human Development. Life of children in the institution is described and analyzed. A group of 31 children and 30 adults participated in this ethnographic study. The institutional response concerning health, nutrition, education and basic care, is satisfactory. The main weaknesses identified were nondisclosure of the diagnosis, stigmatization and discrimination, institutionalization validation, psychoemotional repercussions and stigmatization management, and the research budget. The children acknowledge that the institution satisfies their basic-needs and disapprove of some stigmatizing and coercive practices. The reintegration of the children with their families is recommended as a future strategy based on evidence that shows it has better bio-psychosocial results and lower costs.


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