2010. 21 p.
Kürzinger, M. L.
Pagnier, J.
Kahn, James G.
Hampshire, R.
Wakabi, T.
Dye, T. D. V.
Periodical title: 
AIDS Care, 20 (6), 726-732
The AIDS pandemic has created an estimated 15 million orphans who may face elevated risk of poor health and social outcomes. This paper compares orphans and non-orphans regarding educational status and delay using data collected in three low-income communities affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Orphans were significantly more likely not to attend school than were non-orphans and also to be delayed when in school, though, after controlling for confounders, the risk was borderline and non-significant. Multivariate analysis indicates that variables such as age, religion, family of origin, the relation between the child and the head of household and the dependency ratio of the household better explain differences in education than does orphan status. This study suggests, therefore, that orphans’ educational status is relatively equivalent to non-orphans perhaps as a result of family based or community program safety nets.
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