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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30--35

The perfidy of stigma experienced by the palliative CHBC of Kanye in Botswana

Department of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Centre for Continuous Education (CCE), University of Botswana, Botswana

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Simon Kangethe
Department of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Centre for Continuous Education (CCE), University of Botswana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.63132

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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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