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This paper may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists   
Type: Paper
Paper Title: FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND VOLUNTEERISM - PROVIDING CARE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS IN ZIMBABWE
Author: ALEXANDER RODLACH (Creighton University)   
Date/Time: Wed., 12:45 PM
Co-Author(s): ALEXANDER RODLACH (Creighton University) 
Abstract: Zimbabwe’s healthcare system encourages non-governmental organizations to support the public healthcare sector by training volunteers to assist households caring for individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Responding to this call, faith-based organizations formed groups of volunteers to provide basic material, nursing, social, and spiritual support to households affected by the epidemic. This paper argues that faith-based organizations play a critical role in strengthening motives for volunteering, what has become increasingly important as volunteers’ commitment to caregiving diminished over the past years mainly due to volunteers’ ‘burnout,’ the enduring stigma of HIV/AIDS, and the lack of funding for these groups.

Program Number: 1-0020
Session Title: VOLUNTEERISM IN CRISIS: RIGHTS, RITUAL AND REASON
Session Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Wed., 12:00 PM-1:45 PM
Organizer(s): KENNETH MAES (Brown University) 
Chair(s): ALEXANDER RODLACH (Creighton University)  
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