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Type Journal Article - Indian journal of palliative care
Title The perfidy of stigma experienced by the palliative CHBC of Kanye in Botswana
Author(s)
Volume 16
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 30-35
URL http://www.jpalliativecare.com/article.asp?issn=0973-1075;year=2010;volume=16;issue=1;spage=30;epage​=35;aulast=Kangethe
Abstract
Background/Aim: To explore and assess the magnitude of stigma and its impact to palliative care giving.
Objective: To involve the palliative caregivers in exploring the impact of stigma in their care giving.
Materials and Methods: The study was exploratory in nature and used attracted qualitative design and interviewed 82 palliative caregivers in 10 focus groups using an interview guide as a data collection instrument, and five CHBC nurses on one-to-one in-depth interviews, still guided by an interview guide that differed only slightly with the one for the caregivers.
Results: The study findings revealed that stigma and discrimination was immensely perfidious due to:
(1) Discrimination against caregivers by the service providers, especially at the Kanye referral hospital;
(2) Refusal of youth to help the elderly caregivers; (3) Shunning of government assistance packages by caregivers and their clients; (4) Caregivers secretly taking away their clients to faraway places for assistance; (5) Caregivers and their clients turning to alternative therapies from the traditional healers; (6) Caregivers and clients having inadequate assistance.
Recommendations: We recommend strong anti-stigma education and campaign by the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and all the civil society bodies and campaigners.

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