This publication reports on an intervention study that evaluated the effectiveness of a succession planning (SP) program in Uganda. Unlike most other programs for AIDS-affected children, succession planning reaches children and their families while their HIV-positive parents are still living and in a position to plan for their children’s long-term well-being. Research carried out by the Department of Sociology at Makerere University (Kampala) and the Population Council Horizons program suggests that succession planning is a promising approach: despite AIDS-related stigma and cultural resistance to acknowledging illness and death, qualitative research indicates that the approach met with a high degree of acceptability among HIV-positive parents and counseling aides who carried out the program. The report also presents findings on the impact of the program on children and discusses the program and policy implications of the research.
Horizons Program, Makerere University Department of Sociology, and Plan Uganda. 2004. "Succession planning in Uganda: Early outreach for AIDS-affected children and their families," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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