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Title:Relationships, partnerships and politics in the lives of the urban poor in AIDS-afflicted Swaziland
Author:Jones, LynneISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:social relations
social welfare
child care
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16085900609490364
Abstract:This paper examines how poor urban families caring for children are able to access help from beyond the kinship group in a setting where HIV prevalence has risen to over 40 percent. The fieldwork - carried out in Mbabane in Swaziland in 2003-2004 - shows that livelihoods were affected by multiple shocks and families were struggling to provide education, health care, clothing and food for all children in their care. Orphan status or gender did not appear to affect children's access to education. Families turned to neighbours, churches and the workplace for assistance. Neighbours varied in their response and were rarely able to give material assistance. Churches were seen solely as sources of emotional and spiritual support. Workplace relationships provided material as well as emotional support. Government and NGO assistance was limited and poorly coordinated at the beginning of the fieldwork and criteria for selection were unclear to many respondents. Some respondents felt marginalized from community structures. Using respondents' experiences when trying to access education and health care, the author illustrates the importance of the quality of relationships and partnerships at all levels (international, national and local) as well as the need for more synergy between top-down and bottom-up approaches. A stronger coordinating role for government officials and the development of public welfare support are seen as critical to alleviate the poverty in which AIDS thrives. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]