Play of children living with HIV/AIDS in a low-resourced setting: Perspectives of caregivers

Munambah, Nyaradzai, Ramugondo, Elelwani L. and Cordier, Reinie (2022) Play of children living with HIV/AIDS in a low-resourced setting: Perspectives of caregivers. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 85 (4). pp. 292-300. ISSN 0308-0226

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Although play is viewed as a childhood occupation that is spontaneous, it can be limited in children with HIV/AIDS. This study explored the perspectives of caregivers from Zimbabwe on the play of children with HIV/AIDS.

A descriptive qualitative research approach was used to explore the perceptions of caregivers on play of children living with HIV/AIDS. Fifteen caregivers of children aged 4–9 years diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were purposively sampled. Two interviews were carried out with each of the caregivers. Findings were analysed thematically.

Four major themes were generated from the study: ‘Ubuntu is no more’, ‘Survival is primary (chikuru kurarama)’, ‘Play affirms that my child is still like other children’ and ‘More is required for this child’. Although issues of survival were paramount, caregivers were able to highlight the importance of play in affirming childhood, identifying the specific needs for play of children with HIV/AIDS.

Conclusion and Significance
Play, like all other human occupation, is contextually situated. Poverty and health status are key in shaping how families prioritise play. However, the ability to play for a child with HIV/AIDS also seems to mitigate stigma and may disrupt the ‘HIV is death’ narrative.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Part funding for data collection was provided by the Elizabeth Casson Trust.
Uncontrolled Keywords: context, HIV/AIDS, play, children
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 09:55
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2022 12:00

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