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close this bookInvesting in Our Future: Psychological support for children affected by HIV/AIDS. A case study in Zimbabwe and The United Republic of Tanzania (UNAIDS, 2001, 77 p.)
close this folderLessons learned about psychosocial support
View the documentListen!
View the documentEnsure the child’s rights
View the documentAcknowledge children’s changing roles
View the documentCreate an enabling environment
View the documentAllow kids to be kids
View the documentInvolve youth in solutions
View the documentCommunicate with children about HIV/AIDS
View the documentTalk about death and dying
View the documentEducate and counsel children individually, in families and in groups
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Educate and counsel children individually, in families and in groups

“We are looking at the future when we will be well-mannered children without HIV because we have already been taught about it.”

· HIV/AIDS education as part of counselling can be an effective way of prevention.

· Counselling prepares children for what lies ahead and encourages them to believe that they can manage through grief and loss.

· Whether it is individual or within a group, counselling allows bereaved children to express their feelings and deal with their anxiety.

· An important part of counselling is working within family and cultural norms.