n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Plight of AIDS patients in rural South Africa - a challenge to health professionals : home-based care




All of the above are a sad reflection of many of our rural health facilities. Nurses who are already demotivated, inadequately trained for the huge responsibilities they have to carry, and frustrated by the lack of resources, now have to carry the extra burden of seeing people dying daily of AIDS in their communities, often friends and family members. Frequently, out of a sense of inadequacy and hopelessness, they respond in anger and frustration. The patients in turn, lose hope in the formal government health system, and turn instead to any other source where they can grasp for hope for a cure.


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