Challenges experienced by grandparents caring for AIDS orphans in the Western Cape province, South Africa

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Challenges experienced by grandparents caring for AIDS orphans in the Western Cape province, South Africa
Creator Akimanimpaye, Furaha Bimerew, Million S. Petlhu, Deliwe R.
Subject — HIV and AIDS; grandparents; orphans; support; social support; emotional support; stigma; well-being.
Description Background: There is limited understanding of the difficulties and experiences faced by grandparents who assume the responsibility of caring for AIDS orphans.Aim: The objective of the study was to investigate and depict the difficulties encountered by grandparents who provide care for AIDS orphans in the Western Cape province of South Africa.Setting: The study was conducted in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan and the Overberg Municipality.Methods: The study used qualitative approach with an exploratory-descriptive design. A purposive sampling technique was utilised to select 25 grandparents. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed thematically using ATLAS.ti, version 7.Results: Financial difficulties, a lack of support, HIV and/or AIDS stigma, and dealing with rebellious teenagers were primary challenges affecting the well-being of grandparents.Conclusion: The study found that while financial challenges were significant, other factors such as poor family support contributed to the decline in the well-being of grandparents caring for AIDS orphans.Contribution: The study’s results can lead to improved public health programmes that address the identified challenges and health needs of grandparents providing care to AIDS orphans and the orphans under their care.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor Granparents caring for AIDS orphans
Date 2024-04-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2454
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 29 (2024); 7 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage Western Cape Province; South Africa April 2018 - June 2018 Grandparents caring for AIDS orphans, age between 50 and above
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Furaha Akimanimpaye, Million S. Bimerew, Deliwe R. Petlhu