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BOTSWANA: Caregivers manual launched

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GABORONE, 5 April (PLUSNEWS) - A new manual designed to help health care workers deal with the impact of HIV/AIDS has been launched in Botswana.

"The effect on nurses of seeing so many patients die is devastating," said health minister Lesego Motsumi. "If psychological needs and the learning needs of the caregivers are neglected, they may affect their effectiveness and confidence in their practice of care, therefore they need to be addressed."

The manual, "Caring for the Caregivers", was released last week in a country with one of the world's highest levels of HIV infection.

Not only are health workers having to deal with the impact of HIV/AIDS at the professional level, in terms of the rising numbers of patients, but also in their personal lives. More than a third of Botswana's 1.7 million people are estimated to be HIV positive.

"Stigma and denial cause even nurses to turn away from testing and the life-saving [antiretroviral] ARV treatment that is now provided freely by the government," said US ambassador Joseph Huggins.

The failure to acknowledge and express feelings associated with death and dying can result in stress and burnout among health workers, the manual points out.

"In my work there is a lot of stress, especially with the number of patients dying from HIV/AIDS. We will pick up some skills from the manual and use it as a reference point," nurse Tiroyaone Tshipo told PlusNews.

"It also helps address issues raised in caring for dying patients. We will also be able to extend coping skills to relatives of the deceased," she added.


Recent BOTSWANA Reports
Peace Corps gets chiefs to undergo HIV tests, 26/May/04
Botswana Ministry of Health to reach more with HIV training, 25/May/04
Need to make men more sexually responsible, 12/Apr/04
New voluntary testing centre opens, 7/Apr/04
Few women accessing PMTCT services, 23/Mar/04
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

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