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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79--82

Occupational care giving conditions and human rights: A study of elderly caregivers in Botswana

Department of Adult Education Centre For Continuous Education University of Botswana P/B UB 00707 Gaborone, Botswana

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Simon Kangethe
Department of Adult Education Centre For Continuous Education University of Botswana P/B UB 00707 Gaborone
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.68409

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The article aims to explore and discuss the occupational care giving conditions pitting them against human rights. The article's objective is to initiate discussions and generate literature pertaining to occupational care giving load and assessing the human rights challenge it poses. The article uses analysis of the literature review from an array of eclectic data sources. The following factors were found besetting the caregivers' human rights: (1) Aging; (2) Cultural and community attitudes towards care giving; (3) Risk of contagion; (4) Health hazards and lack of compensation. Recommendations: (1) Adoption of grandparents/grandchildren care symbiosis system; (2) Government remuneration policy for caregivers; (3) Mainstreaming of gender education to encourage men and youth develop an interest in care giving; (4) Institution of laws and policies by countries to provide for the compensation of caregivers' occupational hazards and risks.


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