Conceptualizing the African child as orphan and vulnerable: A label in need of redefinition?

Academic Article


  • Despite the decline in AIDS-related deaths worldwide, the consequence of the disease continues to be felt. This is exemplified in the unprecedented numbers of adult deaths and inability of the extended family to cope. These factors have impacted the welfare of children negatively. Focusing specifically on sub-Saharan Africa, a region severely struck by the pandemic, we examine the effects of the label ‘Orphan and Vulnerable Children’ (OVC), which has been utilized to identify children affected by HIV/AIDS, on the welfare of the affected children. Implications for policy, practice, and scholarship are suggested.
  • Authors

  • Lombe, Margaret
  • Mabikke, Harriet
  • Enelamah, Ngozi
  • Chu, Yoosun
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2019
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • Labeling
  • Orphan and Vulnerable Children
  • policy
  • social work practice
  • systems of care
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 62
  • End Page

  • 75
  • Volume

  • 62
  • Issue

  • 1