This new scientific article published in the journal Moussons addresses issues related to the daily care of children with HIV in Laos. It focuses on informal caregivers, the daily life of sick children and the distribution of care between their entourage and the institutions.


Biomedical Science’s Embodiments in Contemporary Laos. Informal Caregivers and Children Living with HIV


The abstract of the article:

“Who provides informal care? What help informal caregivers do provide it and at what costs? This contribution examines the Biomedical Science’s Embodiments in Contemporary Laos in looking at the materiality of its technologies in the everyday and the ordinary. We aim to tackle this issue in approaching the daily lives of children living with HIV from the point of view of the people who are taking care of them, the so-called informal caregivers.

The paper highlights the constraints created by caregiving responsibilities, and the emerging issues related to HIV disclosure, stigma and discrimination and conflicting feelings.

The informal caregivers’ narratives underline how families, institutions and local, national and transnational institutions are assigning care work. Informal care offers a lens to explore the social and gender health inequalities, both interrelated with, and too often disregard by the biomedical science.”


This scientific publication is written by Phonevilay Viphonephom, Pascale Hancart Petitet, Didier Bertrand, Nicolas El Haïk-Wagner and Phimpha Paboriboune.


Access to publication :



Anthropologist, International Joint Unit TransVIHMI (IRD - INSERM - University of Montpellier)


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