Schools turn cold shoulder to AIDS children

by Thu Giang – VNN, Viet Nam News – Tues March 11, 2008

Education and anti-discrimination policies are needed
so that children infected by HIV/AIDS can access
education, new studies conclude.
VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HA NOI — Recent research has shown that lack of money is the main factor impeding enrolment of children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. However, discrimination has been listed as the second factor.

Children and caregivers of infected and affected children said they commonly felt stigmatised by school and kindergarten authorities. They were taking part in a research project involving orphans and vulnerable children in five provinces.

The research project, carried out by the Viet Nam Committee for Population, Families and Children and the UK’s Save the Children, was funded from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

A Ha Noi mother of a child with HIV/AIDS claimed one school would not say directly that it would not accept her child, but advised her family to remove him so he would not infect other children. . .

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