Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Caregiver Resilience and Social Support for Family Caregivers of PLWHIV in Kenya - Jane Rose Njue (for Lucy Kathuri-Ogola)

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Caregiver Resilience and Social Support for Family Caregivers of PLWHIV in Kenya
Presenter: Jane Rose Njue (Northern Illinois University)
Co-Authors: Lucy Kathuri-Ogola, Joan Kabaria Muriithi

The increase in PLWHA and the burden of sickness caused by the HIV epidemic places great demands on families and communities in Kenya. This paper is grounded on family resilience theory and avers that belief systems, organizational patterns and problem-solving mechanisms play a vital role in bolstering caregiver resilience.


The discussions in this paper are anchored on the findings of a study that was carried out in Thika District, Kenya. A survey research design was employed. The study area provided rural and urban contexts. A sample of 177 primary family caregivers (FCGs) of PLWHIV was used. Data was collected using interview schedules for FCGs and Focus Group Discussions with community health workers. Quantitative data was analysed using SPSS while thematic analysis was applied for the qualitative data. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used.

Findings: As FCGs play multifaceted roles they face challenges including lack of adequate finances, food provision difficulties, stress and stigma. To cope, the FCGs rely on a sense of hope, spirituality, connectedness, and collaborative problem-solving. Although the situation could be tough, the community provides an environment of hope that builds resilience. 


Jane Rose Njue

Family and Consumer Sciences

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa