Title
Exploring task-shifting practices in antiretroviral treatment facilities in the Free State Province, South Africa Exploring task-shifting practices in antiretroviral treatment facilities in the Free State Province, South Africa
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
South Burlington ,
Subject
Sociology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Journal of public health policy. - South Burlington
Volume/pages
32(2011) :S:1 , p. S94-S101
ISSN
0197-5897
ISI
000292687300009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
There is good progress with the implementation of South Africa's antiretroviral treatment program. The country, however, faces human resource shortages that could be addressed through appropriate task shifting. During 2009, we studied task shifting from nurses to community health workers (CHWs) for HIV treatment and care at 12 primary health-care clinics in Free State Province, South Africa. We found inefficiency in nurse deployment, and nurses spent considerable time on training, counseling, and administrative tasks that could be shifted to CHWs. Such a shift will require the South African Ministry of Health to recognize CHWs formally in the health system.
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