Godwin Achema holds a PhD in Nursing, Msc. In Medico-Surgical Nursing, BSc. In Nursing Education, Post-Basic Diploma in Pediatric Nursing as well as Registered Nurse Certificate. He has worked in various clinical and academic settings. His research interest is maternal and child health nursing with focus on pediatric care. He has published a paper and one in press. He has the potential to extend the frontiers of knowledge to colleagues and other professionals in the global context.
Vulnerable children living with HIV are often faced with challenges that require supportive care. Our study explored an analysis of empathic-supportive care given to such children. A qualitative research method was adopted with focus group discussions and individual interviews with children, caregivers, nurses, and stakeholders. The findings highlighted that giving a listening ear to the children encouraged them to share their feelings, thereby cushioning the effect of reduced self-worth, withdrawal, and discrimination, and enhancing their general wellbeing. However, a few of the participants discussed non-acceptance, inadequate food support, and rejection as hampering care. The study concluded that giving empathic compassionate care to children infected with HIV would help them cooperate with the care and cope with the challenges of HIV. It is therefore recommended that caregivers, nurses, and significant others provide holistic care with empathy in care settings.