Living with AIDS in Uganda

Living with AIDS in Uganda

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This book was originally written as a doctoral dissertation. The research in this book was carried out among banana- farming households in the districts of Masaka and Kabarole in Uganda. A gendered livelihood approach was used. The research focused on the identification of critical factors that need to be taken into consideration in the development of relevant policies for HIV/AIDS-affected agriculture-based households or those that are at risk. The book shows that HIV/AIDS causes significant negative effects on the lives of those affected. Their resources are affected due to HIV/AIDS- related labour loss and asset-eroding effects and disinvestment in production and child education. While in the overwhelming majority of the affected cases the effects of AIDS are negative and lead to increased impoverishment and vulnerability, for some households HIV/AIDS-related effects are manageable. It is concluded that a household's socio- economic status and demographic characteristics influence the magnitude of HIV/AIDS-related impacts experienced and capacity to cope. The book also highlights some historically specific social practices, policies, and ideologies that continue to maintain or reproduce distinct forms of inequality, with certain social groups being marginalized and others being privileged. Unless these are redressed, they will continue to aggravate people's vulnerability regardless of the type of shock that they are exposed to or experience.The problems of limited land holdings are further aggravated by land fragmentation due to increasing population pressure ... Although both districts fall under the banana-coffee farming system, Masaka falls under the intensive banana-coffeeanbsp;...

Title:Living with AIDS in Uganda
Author: Monica Karuhanga Beraho
Publisher:Wageningen Academic Pub - 2008-01-01

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