A foot in the door – a report on the Child Community Care study evaluating the effect of CBO support on child wellbeing in HIV affected communities

Published: 2016
Author: UCL and Stellenbosch University

In 2009, King and colleagues reviewed literature that examined the overall effectiveness of interventions that aim to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Although they did find a number of studies that have looked at interventions, they did not identify a single study that adequately evaluated interventions. Instead it was found that most of the literature gave descriptive reports of the support programs. With limited rigorous evaluative research it is difficult to conclude with certainty whether the psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by HIV and AIDS can be improved by an intervention.

The study set out to get a more accurate understanding of if and how psychosocial interventions are effective. It collected data from three countries in Southern Africa – South Africa, Malawi and Zambia.