CHILD-HEADED HOUSEHOLD IN ETHIOPIA - THE CASE OF ADDIS ABABA CITY AND ADAMA TOWN IN ETHIOPIA

GIRUM M. ZELEKE, HERAN EJARA, ELENI GEBRESENBET HAILE, BIRUK TEREFE

Abstract:

Despite the decreasing number of HIV/AIDS deaths, there are still growing concerns about the increasing number of child-headed households caused by AIDS-related adult mortality, traffic accidents, divorce, and other circumstances. Based on data collected from focus groups over the period 2019-2020, this paper examined child-headed households and their vulnerabilities, like school dropout, economic, psychological, social, and coping mechanisms strategies to survive. Child-headed households are overlooked by society and policymakers despite the number of children living in this form of household significantly high. The paper addresses the need for attention for child-headed households and suggests policies and efficient strategies, and services.

Keywords:
Children, child family, child welfare, extended family, HIV, AIDS, childcare, Ethiopia

DOI: 10.20472/SS2020.9.2.006

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APA citation:
GIRUM M. ZELEKE, HERAN EJARA, ELENI GEBRESENBET HAILE, BIRUK TEREFE (2020). Child-Headed Household in Ethiopia - The Case of Addis Ababa City and Adama Town in Ethiopia. International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. IX(2), pp. 99-118. , DOI: 10.20472/SS2020.9.2.006


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