The Young Carers Project
July 28, 2012 § 2 Comments
Lucie Cluver, whose pioneering work was recently highlighted in the New York Review blog, was an instructor in my master’s program at the University of Oxford. A kind but confidently strong-willed and focused personality, Cluver has dedicated her passion, time and talents over the past decade to better understanding the situation of children in South Africa who have lost or cared for parents with HIV/AIDS. Her research has reported that children in these circumstances are more likely to be bullied, have mental health problems, display educational deficits, and contract HIV as adolescents than their counterparts (whose parents have either died from other causes or do not have HIV/AIDS). From both a public health and a social justice perspective, the situation of these children (an estimated 1.4 million) must be recognized and addressed.
The Young Carers project, conceived by Cluver, has interviewed 6000 children and 2600 caregivers in South Africa. You can read some of their research findings here, which have contributed to a number of policies and plans by the South African National and Provincial Government, the Southern African Development Community, the Government of Lesotho, UNICEF, Save the Children, WHO and USAID.