The role of community health workers in supporting South Africa’s HIV/ AIDS treatment programme
Community health workers deployed around South Africa’s primary health care clinics, supply indispensable support for the world’s largest HIV/AIDS treatment programme. Interviews with these workers illuminated the contribution they make to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) of HIV/AIDS patients and the motivations that sustain their engagement. Their testimony highlights points of stress in the programme and supplies insights into the quality of its implementation. Finally, the paper addresses issues about the sustainability of a programme that depends on a group of workers who are not yet fully incorporated into the public sector.
Keywords: HIV/AIDS, anti-retroviral treatment, community health workers, volunteerism, social accountability, sustainability