About the HBCA

Home-based Care Alliance members in Seke, Zimbabwe


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)

7 thoughts on “About the HBCA”

  1. We are interested to work with your organization as Net work members. send details.
    Himangshu Mitra
    Trinamul Nari Uddyakta Society (GRASSROOTS)

  2. Yvonne Morgan said:

    Please let me know how my organisation can join the alliance. We (Catholic Health Care Association – CATHCA) represent nearly 3 000 home-based carers in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.

    • Home Based Care Alliance said:

      Dear Yvonne,
      Thank you for reaching out and I would love to link you with the South African HBCA leadership to see how CATHCA can be a part of the Home-Based Care Alliance. I will write to you directly.

  3. i have a home care out reach proposal how can i submit so that we work as partnership

  4. We have register non governmental in Tanzania. we want to join in your movement

  5. Charmaine Wilkinson said:

    Good Day
    My brother is HIV and recently fell and broke both he’s hips he has had the opperation and has being discharged from hospital. I am enquiring on help from the Home Based Care because we don’t have anyone to look after him during the day. We are also enquiring on loan of a wheelchair which is desperately needed

    Kind Regards
    Charmaine Wilkinson

    • Home Based Care Alliance said:

      Hi Charmaine, apologies for responding so much later after your post. Most of our caregivers work closely with hospitals and are often referred to families like yours from the hospital to continue care in the home and support families who are caring for loved ones for the first time. Please speak with someone at the hospital where your brother received care and see if they can connect you to a home-based caregiver.

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