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Older-Age Parents and the AIDS Epidemic in Thailand: Changing Impacts in the Era of Antiretroviral Therapy

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Knodel, John E., Jiraporn Kespichayawattana, Chanpen Saengtienchai, and Suvinee Wiwatwanich. 2010. "Older-Age Parents and the AIDS Epidemic in Thailand: Changing Impacts in the Era of Antiretroviral Therapy." UN ESCAP ReportUN ESCAP.

PREFACE As the number of older persons is set to double at an unprecedented rate in the ESCAP region over the next few decades, it is becoming increasingly important to engage and address the issue of older persons in development. In view of the impact of ageing in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP has been working actively to build the capacity of its member States in their ageing readiness. At the 2002 Second World Assembly on Ageing, Governments came together to adopt the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, which for the first time recognized the contribution and role of older persons in international development. ESCAP provided the forum to scale this framework down to the regional level through the Shanghai Implementation Strategy for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and Macao Plan of Action for Asia and the Pacific, which was adopted in 2003. One area that these international and regional frameworks of action on ageing have highlighted is the specific need for action to promote support systems for elderly caregivers of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The purpose of this publication is to disseminate the findings of the report on “Older-age parents and the AIDS epidemic in Thailand: Changing impacts in the era of Antiretroviral Therapy” to assist policymakers addressing similar contextual environments to further understand the epidemic and its impact on elderly caregivers. The report represents one of the few research works on the impact of HIV and AIDS on the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in the region. It serves to fill the gap in the dearth of research on the implications of the AIDS epidemic on older aged parents, in particular in the context of the increasing availability of antiretroviral therapy.

The Social Development Division of ESCAP has produced other publications to assist policymakers and further knowledge in the area of HIV/AIDS, ageing and related issues (for further information, please visit the ESCAP website http://www.unescap.org). This report helps to shed further understanding of the epidemic, the role of older parents in providing support for persons living with HIV/ AIDS and intervening factors of this support. The findings will thus be of interest to policymakers, gerontologists and researchers working on issues of elderly caregivers and of HIV/AIDS in the region and beyond.

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Country of focus: Thailand.

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