Teacher Well-Being

HIV/AIDS

Particularly in Africa and parts of South Asia, HIV/AIDS has created a crisis of epic proportions. In 2006, UNAIDS reported 21 percent of teachers in South Africa aged 25 to 34 are living with HIV. The effect and threat of this disease on teacher well-being should not be under-estimated.

Teachers who are affected by HIV and AIDS are likely to take increasing periods of time off work. Those with sick families may also take time off to attend funerals or to care for sick or dying relatives, and further absenteeism may result from the psychological effects of the epidemic.

Question for Reflection/Discussion: In what ways are the effects and threat of HIV/AIDS or other health issues relevant in your context?