Home-based Care Alliance
There is a common myth within mainstream health and development that home-based care is undignified, disorganized, and ineffective. In reality, caregiving provides women with an opportunity to gain leadership positions and increase their influence within their communities. Additionally, home-based caregivers are organized, knowledgeable, and highly respected within their communities.
Home-based caregivers from independent and local self-help groups recognized the need to combine their efforts, resources, and expertise into a broader trans-national movement. They created the Home-based Care Alliance (HBCA) to gain recognition and self-representation, at the local, national and international levels, for the essential services, care and resources they provide their communities.
Today the Home-based Care Alliance (HBCA) represents over 30,000 caregivers and is organized into multi-district Home-Based Care Alliances in 11 African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
We care for almost 200,000 neighbors and friends in our communities and have been organzing around AIDS for over 10 years.
Objectives of the HBCA
▪ To serve as a platform for peer learning and coordination among home-based caregivers
▪ To advocate for transfer of funding and decision-making roles to home-based caregivers as they are recognized for their leadership and contributions
▪ To establish home-based caregivers as monitors and evaluators of AIDS, health and development-related funding and programming in their communities
▪ To ameliorate the financial drain of caregiving through collective livelihoods, income-generation and savings and credit schemes (and potentially through government compensation and development grants)