Sandra Harper

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Older Generations

My project is about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Older People in a village called Huay Bong  26km outside Chiang Mai. Over the years the village have lost family members to HIV – in fact 40 out of the 50 villagers have been impacted by such a loss.

In such a community Older People  have to become the ‘parent’ again to their grandchildren who have lost their parents and this can be put a psychological and financial strain on them. I travelled to the village  NGO group FOPDEV ( who were my translators )  helps them  by assisting them with income generating ideas that benefits the community as a whole.

I interviewed  3 ladies who have all lost their sons to HIV.