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Skills, training and support for carers in HIV/AIDS community home-based care: a case study of carers in Chikankata, Zambia.

by Chaava, Thebisa Hamukoma

Abstract (Summary)
The high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Zambia has led to the development of innovative ways of coping with sickness related to this infection. HIV/AIDS home-based care is one such innovation designed in Chikankata Hospital in 1987. Home-based care depends on the availability of family members and community volunteers in the provision of care and support for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

This minithesis is based on a qualitative descriptive case study exploring perspectives regarding skills, supervision and support mechanisms for carers in the Chikankata HIV/AIDS Community-Home Based Care (CHBC) program. The study utilized documented research, focus group discussions with carers and structured interviews with local CHBC supervisors, national experts in CHBC, and PLWHA and their families, to collect data from 32 study participants.

The findings were that CHBC was being delivered by community volunteers with limited involvement from the local health services

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School:University of the Western Cape/Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland

School Location:South Africa

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:aids disease patients home care zambia hiv positive persons services

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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