Perceptions of Rewards among Volunteer Caregivers of People Living with AIDS Working in Faith-Based Organizations in South Africa. 14/6/10

Subtitle: A Qualitative Study

Written by Olagoke Akintola

Published 14 June 2010 by Journal of the International AIDS Society
ISSN 1758-2652

Abstract: Background: Volunteer caregivers are a critical source of support for the majority of people living with HIV and AIDS in southern Africa, which has extremely high HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. While studies have shown that volunteer caregiving is associated with negative health and socio-economic outcomes, little is known about the positive experiences of volunteers in the home-based care context in South Africa. The purpose of this study is to explore the perception of rewards among volunteers working in home-based care settings. Conclusions: Insights into volunteer caregiver rewards provide opportunities for policy makers and programme managers to develop a model of home-based care that facilitates the accrual of rewards to volunteers alongside volunteers’ traditional duties of patient care. Programme managers could employ these insights in recruiting and assisting volunteers to identify and reflect on rewards in the caregiving situation as a means of reducing the burden of care and sustaining volunteer interest in caregiving

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