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Title:Hospital social work practice in Botswana: yesterday, today and tomorrow
Authors:Malinga, TumaniISNI
Mupedziswa, RodreckISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:social work
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Medical social work
Social service
Abstract:The challenges faced by social work professionals are often enormous and tend to be acute in developing countries in particular as a result of resource constraints. After a brief historical overview of hospital social work practice in Botswana, the authors examine the situation of social workers based in hospital settings, the education and training of social workers, the deployment of social workers in Botswana hospitals, the clientele, roles and responsibilities of hospital social workers, and the various challenges of social work practice in hospital settings in Botswana. They note that the quality of social workers deployed in hospital settings in Botswana has remained suspect. The vast majority of them have struggled to deliver their services efficiently as they did not specialize in hospital social work. The authors suggest ways of improving the education and training of social workers, as well as the practice environment, in order to enhance the quality of service. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]