Logiques sociales de la solidarité envers les personnes vivant avec le VIH: Etude de cas menée dans les zones transfrontalières de la Côte d'Ivoire avec le Ghana et du Ghana avec le Togo


Dr. Nonlourou Marie Paule Coulibaly

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Appeared at the beginning of the Eighties, the aids pandemic became quickly a social plague. The disease causes the deterioration of the social fabric of the infected person. Facing the profound impacts of HIV/aids, families and some association mobilize their efforts together to fight against any form of social exclusion and to improve of the living conditions of the infected person. However, the lack of financial resources for the activities of  PLWHA’s organizations is one of the major difficulties in ensuring support to its members living in the border localities of Noé (Côte d’Ivoire), Elubo and Aflao (Ghana) and Kodjoviakope (Lome). Also, the solidarity network between the family’s members is weakened due to their situation of poverty. Also, people create different strategies to maintain the solidarity within the social group and to provide a social security. These forms of solidarity are various and complex. The research raises questions about the functioning of the logics of solidarity by underlining the reasons that motivate people to come together to help the PLWHA. This qualitative and a quantitative research seeks to analyze the social relations between people and the infected person to HIV and also to see to what extend solidarities vary within the different social groups such as families and associations.