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# LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE CARE OF HIV/AIDS PATIENT: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY


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First name Paul Middle name Last name Nchoji Nkwi
Title na Organization / Institution Catholic University of Cameroon Department Department of Anthropology
Address Bamenda Postal / Zip code na Country Cameroon
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Abstract

Abstract title

LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE CARE OF HIV/AIDS PATIENT: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY

Abstract text

Homecare of HIV/AIDS patients among the Tikar peoples of Cameroon seems to be based on social and cultural norms. HIV/AIDS statistics demonstrate that 20% of the national figures come from this part of the country. The region represents almost 30% of the total workforce in Cameroon. People who died of HIV/AIDS are mostly persons who left the region and found work in big cities and in large scale plantations. Hundreds of them usually return to their cultural niche to spend their large days on earth with the people with whom their share a culture and consequently become a burden to their communities. This paper examines ethnographically the role played by the different social structures and the nuclei and extended families become the most valuable asset and safety net. By focusing on the social structures of the different ethnic groups the paper attempts to show the critical role local communities and support groups play in the final days of dying HIV/AIDS patients. These communities have become vital stakeholders in the fight against the virus and its prevention from taking further lives.

Conference topic

Panel no. 90 - The Role of Applied Anthropology in Behavior Change Communication (BCC) and HIV Prevention: Focus on the New Generational Cultural Challenges

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-04 9:57h by anitan

Reviewer decision

Accepted