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Sociocultural factors influencing HIV/AIDS caregiving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Fekadu Aga, PO Box 9083, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Email: fiqaaduuagaa@yahoo.com

Abstract

The sociocultural factors that influence care and caregiving vary from place to place, with both beneficial and harmful effects on the health of the caregivers. Therefore, this article presents the cultural and social structural factors that influence care and caregiving from the perspectives of the family caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Using semistructured interviews and participant observation, a purposive sample of six key participants and 12 general participants were interviewed in their home between December 2005 and January 2006. Four important sociocultural factors that influence care and caregiving have been identified: religious beliefs, economic issues, education, and social stigma and discrimination. The findings of our study underscore the importance of understanding the cultural and social structural factors that influence care and caregiving from the perspectives of family caregivers in order to provide culturally congruent care to those in need.

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