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Guidelines for support of orphaned and vulnerable children being cared for by their grandparents in the informal settlements of Mbabane, Swaziland

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dc.contributor.author Mkhonta, Nkosazana Ruth
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-26T11:45:50Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-26T11:45:50Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11
dc.identifier.citation Mkhonta, Nkosazana Ruth (2008) Guidelines for support of orphaned and vulnerable children being cared for by their grandparents in the informal settlements of Mbabane, Swaziland, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2958> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2958
dc.description.abstract The AIDS pandemic has generated a large number of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in Swaziland, as it affects the reproductive age group. Most of the OVC are being cared for by their grandparents who are old, poor and suffer from degenerating diseases of old age. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the needs and support available for OVC under the care of grandparents in the informal settlements of Mbabane, Swaziland in order to develop guidelines for their care and support. A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual study was conducted to identify the needs of the OVC and type of support provided by organizations for these children. Data was collected using unstructured and semi-structured interviews. The study was conducted in three phases each addressing a research objective. In the first phase which was to identify the needs of OVC, twelve grandparents who cared for OVC in the informal settlements participated. For the second phase seven managers of organizations that provide support to OVC in the informal settlements participated. The third phase was the development of guidelines by the researcher and validated by participants and experts. The study highlighted the needs of OVC, the nature of the existing support structure and type of support provided by organizations for these children. The findings revealed that the OVC have developmental support, protection support, psychosocial support and support for survival needs. The themes identified from the analysis of the type of support provided by organizations were developmental, partnership, protection, psychosocial and support for survival needs. The organizations' support was inconsistent and inadequate to meet these needs due to the large number of OVC. Some of the weaknesses of organizations were indicated as donor dependency and lack of coordination and collaboration among organizations. The study highlighted partnership as fundamental to the successful implementation of the guidelines. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 204, 1, [12], 6, 8, [3] leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Grandchildren en
dc.subject Grandparents en
dc.subject Orphaned en
dc.subject Mbabane en
dc.subject Swaziland en
dc.subject Guidelines for support en
dc.subject.ddc 362.19697920096887
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans
dc.subject.lcsh Child welfare
dc.subject.lcsh Children of AIDS patients
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease)
dc.subject.lcsh Grandparents as parents
dc.subject.lcsh Child rearing
dc.subject.lcsh Caregivers
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Care -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Services for -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Child welfare -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Children of AIDS patients -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Grandparents as parents -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Child rearing -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Caregivers -- Family relationships -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.subject.lcsh Caregivers -- Services for -- Swaziland -- Mbabane
dc.title Guidelines for support of orphaned and vulnerable children being cared for by their grandparents in the informal settlements of Mbabane, Swaziland en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Health Studies
dc.description.degree D. Litt. et Phil. (Health Studies)


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