oa Botswana Notes & Records - The plight of family caregivers in home-based care in Botswana

Volume 33 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The opportunity cost of those caring for HlV/AIDS clients is enormous. The probability of family caregivers contracting the virus due to exposure is high. Consequently, the caregiving environment is fraught with fear of infection. In Botswana Home Based Care (HBC) is seen as both a strategy and a solution of dealing with problems such as a lack of capacity in the health care delivery system and inadequate resources for HIV/AIDS care and management. Conversely, the burden of care and the human suffering experienced by HIV/AIDS patients and their families cannot be over-emphasised. The purposes of this paper are to: (I) assess human suffering experienced by both HIV/AIDS persons and their caregivers; (2) examine some of the challenges facing caregivers in HIV/AIDS care and management in a home care setting; (3) discuss the progress and implementation of home based care in Botswana.

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