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Title:Home-based care and the ethic of volunteerism: pointers from Zambia
Author:Ingle, MarkISNI
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:health care
Catholic Church
Abstract:Such is the strain placed on South Africa's health infrastructure by the dual HIV/TB pandemic that the country has had little choice but to implement a system of home-based care (HBC). A robust ethic of volunteerism is of the essence for HBC to succeed but South Africa sometimes finds it difficult to keep volunteers motivated. The Ndola Catholic Diocese in Zambia initiated a major HBC programme in 1991, which proved highly successful. This article tries to isolate the single 'sufficient condition' that animated this programme and finds it to have been a selfless compassion that was sustained by ongoing exposure to the missionary ethos. The question arises as to whether this transcendent value could be transplanted to a more secular environment in South Africa. It is argued that the State is not the best institutional vehicle for programmes that entail an ethic of volunteerism but that these should rather be conducted by faith-based organizations, possibly with State support. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]