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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Public Health
Title Home-based care provided to HIV and AIDS infected patients in Onandjokwe health district, Namibia
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
URL http://repository.unam.edu.na/bitstream/handle/11070/316/Uushona2006.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y
Abstract
Namibia is a country with a high prevalence of HIV infection. Similar to many hospitals and
health facilities around the country, Onandjokwe Health District is experiencing social,
economic and health care problems related to HIV/AIDS patients. The home-based care option is
seen as an alternative to cater for the needs of the HIV/AIDS patient with the support of family
members and communities. People who are involved in providing home-based care are usually
non-professionals caregivers who sometimes have little or no training with regard to the health
care of HIV/AIDS-infected persons. The purpose of this study was to explore the home-based
care provided to HIV/AIDS-infected patients and the problems caregivers face. The study was
undertaken in order to meet the following specific objectives: to describe the profile of homebased
caregivers of HIV/AIDS-infected patients in Onandjokwe Health District; to determine the
knowledge home-based caregivers of HIV/AIDS patients in Onandjokwe Health District have
about HIV and AIDS; to explain protective measures used by home-based caregivers of HIV and
AIDS patients in Onandjokwe Health District; to explore the personal experiences of homebased
caregivers of HIV/AIDS-infected patients in Onandjokwe Health District; and to identify
the type of support provided to HIV/AIDS-infected patients by home-based caregivers .

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