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Thursday, June 15 • 09:30 - 11:00
Health - Nataly Woollett, Elmari Deacon, Claudia Lefko and Mazin Al-Jadiry

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Abstract #178
Title: “To be HIV positive is not the end of the world”: Resilience among perinatally infected HIV positive adolescents in Johannesburg
 Nataly Woollett (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Lucie Cluver, Abigail M Hatcher, Heena Brahmbhatt
Resilience has potential to improve health outcomes for high-risk populations. Resilience may be vital for perinatally infected HIV positive adolescents, who are exposed to significant stigma and risk. Despite recognition that this population demonstrates resilience in the face of difficulty, little is known about how resilience occurs.
Methods: The aim of this study was to identify elements of resilience in a group of perinatally infected HIV positive adolescents attending HIV clinics. In-depth interviews were conducted with 25 purposively selected HIV positive adolescents (15 female, 10 male) between the ages of 13-19 years in Johannesburg. Data were analysed in NVIVO 10 using a thematic approach to coding.
Findings: Characteristics included a pertinent set of beliefs, recognition of personal strength and capacity for self-reflection. Pragmatic acceptance about life, actively taking responsibility, and robust self-esteem were evident. Pursuing adults, accessing healthcare and challenging HIV related stigma were prevalent. Healthcare environments have the potential to foster resilience if integrated into programming.

Abstract #273
Title: SMILE: Learnings from parents, adolescents and young adults who manage diabetes well
Elmari Deacon (NWU Optentia, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Esmé van Rensburg, Marietjie Willemse, Christiaan Bekker, Bea Mulder, Deborah Jonker
Living with diabetes is challenging, with most patients not achieving the prescribed blood glucose levels. The aim of this paper is highlight similarities in themes of three studies exploring the experiences of parents, adolescents and young adults, in an
Methods: A qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews was adopted. Nine parents of children with diabetes, nine adolescents and five young adults, all living with well-controlled type 1 diabetes were purposively selected to participate in the study. Poss
Findings: The similarities in the themes across different developmental stages include viewing diabetes is a condition that requires a lifestyle change that becomes the “new normal”? Initial psychological distress made way for a sense of empowerment as participants
Abstract #238
Title: Baghdad Resolve: Supporting Resilience in extreme circumstances, a narrative from the Pediatric Cancer Ward in Medical City Baghdad
 Claudia Lefko and Mazin Al-Jadiry (Baghdad Resolve: An international collaboration to Improve cancer care in Iraq, USA)
Ungar’s definition of resilience “…the capacity of individuals to navigate their way TO…” implies a target, a place and/or a person, a resource that individuals can access and a point where negotiations for resources could possibly begin. What happens when there are no such points and almost no resources?
Methods: What is resilience in the context of a nation and communities in near-complete social and cultural collapse after decades of economic decline, war and intractable violence, where the possibility for financial, material and human resources in the near or even distant future seems ever -more -remote? Transcultural/international collaborations have been critical in sustaining two Iraqi pediatric oncologists caring for an increasing number of patients with ever-decreasing resources. Despite Iraq’s isolation, they manage to find help outside their borders. In some cases it is “…meaningful…” and delivered in culturally respectful ways, but they could and cannot be fussy.
Findings/Implications: Working across language, culture and politics to support and meet critical human needs, is challenging for those with resources, and those seeking them. We will present the narrative from both sides, sharing insights for understanding and supporting resilience in extreme circumstances.


Elmari Deacon

NWU Optentia

Claudia Lefko

Iraqi CHildren's Art Exchange

Nataly Woollett

University of Witwatersrand, School of Clinical Medicine

Thursday June 15, 2017 09:30 - 11:00 SAST
Room 08 Century City Conference Centre

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