For many of us, the tragic events of September 11, 2001,
changed everything. Those whose lives were directly touched
by the loss of a loved one, a job, or a place to live were forced
to rethink their goals and their lives. For the millions of us who
watched the events in stunned horror from the safety of our
homes that morning, the need to rethink things was gentler and
yet, for many, no less insistent. We suddenly were reminded that
there is no guarantee of tomorrow. As the shock was barely wearing
off, millions of Americans from every walk of life responded
to the events of September 11th...
Martha1 is a caregiver with Likii HIV a home based care group in the Nanyuki region. She is a widow and her
husband passed away in 2000, leaving her with three children. After the death of her husband, Martha became
very sick and was taken to hospital where she tested positive and was put on treatment. In 2002, Martha ran
away from her marital home because of stigma and discrimination, she took her children to her maternal home.
Life was very difficult for her as she lived on the streets, and got her...
In 2003, a man from one of the charity organizations referred Martha to Likii HIV’s Home based care group
because the support she was getting was not sustainable. Lucy Njoki, a caregiver from Likii and also a woman
living with HIV welcomed her and shared her story with other caregivers in the group. Caregivers contributed
some money to rent a house for her and ensure that she received food daily. Caregivers also referred her to the
comprehensive care unit at the district hospital where she resumed ART treatment. In 2004/2005, her health...
Mistreatment of older people has been identified in
facilities for continuing care (such as nursing
homes, residential care, hospitals and day care
facilities) in almost every country where such
institutions exist. Various people may be responsible
for the abuse: a paid member of the staff,
another resident, a voluntary visitor, or relatives or
friends. An abusive or neglectful relationship
between the older person and their caregiver at
home may not necessarily end once the older
person has entered institutional care; the abuse may
sometimes continue in a new setting.
Previous interventions had been aimed at mothers of children, using participation in the
WIC program as a channel for communication. The formative research and conversations
with the African American community suggested that grandmothers were more frequently
the chitterlings preparers and would serve as role models to younger women. Thus, the
primary target audience was women who prepare chitterlings — older, African American
women who, as grandmothers, are often also caregivers for infants.