oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Supporting older caregivers to persons affected by HIV and AIDS : a policy framework : conference paper

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



This paper contextualises the problem of HIV and AIDS as it affects older people in South Africa, particularly individuals who are caregivers to family members infected with or affected by the disease. Based on the findings of an extensive, multi-method investigation conducted in urban and non-urban areas of three of South Africa's provinces (Petros, 2010), it offers a framework to guide policy-makers and planners in appropriate interventions to alleviate the plight of older caregivers and to support them in their contribution to the management of the epidemic. The policy framework is a response to a lack of dedicated policy and programmes to support older caregivers and older persons regarding HIV and AIDS in general, and is intended to encourage and guide key role-players to policy action.

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