Study: “Economic Cost and Social Consequences of Living With AIDS Orphans on Households in Selected Rural and Urban Communities in South-Western Nigeria: A Cohort Study of Cost Analyses and Coping Strategies”
PI(s): Orimadegun, Adebola
Affiliation(s): University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Institutional Partner(s): IIE
Data Source(s): Cross-Sectional Data (Primary Data Collection)
Methods: Descriptive Statistics and Analysis
Geographic Location(s): Nigeria
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has given rise to major demographic changes, including family poverty and a disturbing number of orphans, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria ranks second among sub-Saharan African countries in the number of people living with HIV/AIDS and is estimated to have the highest number of AIDS orphans, which may exceed 2 million by 2015. The social and developmental implications of this situation pose a serious challenge for the fight against the disease and its economic impact on families and the nation. Evidence-based programming underscores the importance of collecting observational data to design and evaluating the health and economic cost of AIDS orphans at the household and community levels. This study aims to evaluate the cost of care, social consequences, and coping strategies of AIDS orphans living with their surviving parent or another family in selected rural and urban towns of southwestern Nigeria for the purpose of providing data that may be used to formulate policies and programs that will address the problems of AIDS orphans and related consequences.