Why Do Carers Get So Little Attention?


Millions of people provide and receive unpaid care, which has far-reaching consequences for food security, health and even sanitation. But by belonging everywhere, care fits nowhere.

Zuhura Odhiambo’s is a local community health worker and works to document and help improve local sanitation conditions.

  • South Africa:  Trauma of Children Caring for HIV-Positive Parents

    Inter Press Service, 16 July 2010

    Nine-year-old Nomasonto* had no choice but to switch roles with her mother and care for the HIV-positive woman who gave birth to her. Instead of worrying about homework and going ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Caring for the Care-Givers

    PlusNews, 19 January 2011

    Raising young children was not part of 65-year-old Angeline Abuga's retirement plan, but after her son and daughter-in-law died from HIV-related complications four years ago, she ... read more »

  • Africa:  Commonwealth Publication Raises Concerns Over Rights of HIV and Aids Carers

    Commonwealth News and Information Service, 30 September 2011

    "They were not looked on by the nurses, the doctors. They didn't want to touch them, they were scorned" - L, unpaid carer, Jamaica read more »

  • Nigeria:  The Health of the Aged

    Leadership, 25 April 2012

    The theme of this year's World Health Day, which was commemorated early this month, was significant: "Ageing and Health: Good Health Adds Years to Life". read more »

  • Ghana:  Persons With Mental Health Demand Equal Opportunities

    Public Agenda, 16 September 2011

    The Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) has lamented the exclusion of persons with mental illness and their primary care takers from consultations on national development ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Coping With a Mentally Ill Loved One

    Health-e, 11 June 2011

    Taking care of a mentally ill person can be emotionally exhausting for friends and families. But a strong support base at home and socially is necessary for people with mental ... read more »