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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Carelse, Roslind Mary
Email rmokwele@nwpg.gov.za
URN etd-12082008-155641
Document Title The experiences of volunteers regarding the implementation of the training programme on HIV and AIDS community based care
Degree MSW
Department Social Work and Criminology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof G M Spies Supervisor
Keywords
  • AIDS
  • volunteer
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • community based care
  • psychosocial needs
  • physical needs
  • training programme
  • training curriculum
  • HIV
  • Human Immune Deficiency Virus
  • presentation
  • empowerment
Date 2008-09-05
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

The incidence of HIV and AIDS is rising rapidly and has become a serious concern in South Africa. In order to address the HIV and AIDS problem, Community Based Care was introduced to render an effective service to the HIV and AIDS patient.

The volunteers receive training to equip them to render a holistic service to the HIV and AIDS patient. The researcherís concern is that despite the training programme offered, there are still problems regarding the service delivery by the volunteers. Volunteers focus on the physical needs of the HIV and AIDS patient only and do not attend to their psychosocial needs, despite the fact that they are trained to take care of the needs of the HIV and AIDS patient from a holistic approach.

Due to this problem, the researcher decided to explore the experiences of the volunteers regarding the implementation of the training programme on HIV and AIDS Community Based Care in order to find answers as to why they do not attend to the psychosocial needs of the HIV and AIDS patient, although they were holistically trained. The research question was formulated as follows:

What is the experience of volunteers in the Potchefstroom Municipality regarding the implementation of the training programme on HIV and AIDS Community Based Care?

The researcher used a quantitative approach to explore the research question. Twenty (20) volunteers from the two Community Based Care programmes, namely Baptist Childrenís Centre and Bambanani Youth Project, were randomly selected for inclusion in the study. The data collection method used was a group questionnaire. Three themes were explored, namely, the content of the training programme, presentation of the training programme and empowerment of the volunteers to render an effective service to the HIV and AIDS patient. The findings showed that volunteers experienced limitations regarding the content and the presentation of the training programme, and much so in the area of attending to the psychosocial needs of the HIV and AIDS patient. They recommended changes to the training programme, based on their experiences in practice.

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