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The role of community health workers in supporting South Africa’s HIV/ AIDS treatment programme

This paper explores the role of CHWs in supporting South Africa’s HIV/AID treatment program. Interviews were conducted to examine the perceptions and experiences of CHWs who care for HIV/AIDS patients in anti-retroviral treatment (ART).

Can lay health workers support the management of hypertension? Findings of a cluster randomised trial in South Africa

With the urgency of the HIV and TB epidemics in some low and middle-income countries, prevalent chronic diseases such as hypertension are often neglected by health services. This study assesses whether task-shifting from nurses to lay health workers (LHWs) improves the management of hypertension in rural primary healthcare clinics in South Africa.

Piloting a mental health training programme for community health workers in South Africa: an exploration of changes in knowledge, confidence and attitudes

Despite psychiatric disorders contributing to a significant portion of the global disease burden, insufficient access to mental health services is widespread.  This study examined its CHW mental health training program, developed in close collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health, and evaluates the program’s success in improving the knowledge, skill and confidence among trained CHWs and expanding access to mental health services.

The roles, training and knowledge of community health workers about diabetes and hypertension in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

This cross-sectional study assessed the current roles, training, and knowledge of CHWs about diabetes and hypertension in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. One hundred and fifty CHWs from two non-governmental organisations required to provide non-communicable disease care as part of a comprehensive package of services were interviewed. Results indicate that roles were broad and varied, training was seen to be unstandardized and haphazard, and basic knowledge about diabetes and hypertension was poor among the CHWs.

Leadership and Task Shifting to Address the Challenges of Antimicrobial Resistance in South Africa

This article examines using community health workers to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance in South Africa in terms of leadership and task shifting.

Leadership and governance of community health worker programmes at scale: a cross case analysis of provincial implementation in South Africa

This cross case analysis of leadership and governance roles involved in implementing large-scale community health worker programs at sub-national level. The authors identified four key roles for leaders and governments in implementing these programs. 

Community health worker perspectives on a new primary health care initiative in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

This study sought to understand CHW perspectives on a new primary health initiative in South Africa called Re-engineering Primary Health Care (rPHC). This initiative aims to provide a preventive and health-promoting community-based PHC model. Focus group discussions and surveys on the knowledge and attitudes of 91 CHWs working on community-based rPHC teams in the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) sub-district of Eastern Cape Province were conducted.

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