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J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2013;9(2-3):226-40. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2013.794064.

Addressing the spiritual needs of people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Swaziland.

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Shiselweni Home-Based Care, Piet Retief, South Africa.


Researchers seem to be in agreement that spirituality is an important component of the holistic care approach commonly found in palliative care. Shiselweni Home-Based Care (SHBC) is a faith-based organization in Swaziland working among people with HIV and AIDS in the poorest and most affected areas of the country. They endeavor to restore and build up each client's dignity through the way in which they are approached, not only when giving physical assistance, but also when they address their spiritual needs. This article emphasizes the need for spiritual care as part of the caregiving program and then also illustrates the positive feelings of both the SHBC caregivers as well as their clients as they share some of the experiences encountered during spiritual care.

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