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The Community Health Workers System is Crumbling.

Written by David.

South Africa’s community based health workers are in crisis. The problem is no mystery either.

Currently 72,000 health workers actively work in communities across South Africa. Though this might sound fantastic, it is far from it. The system has no structure and no set guidelines to co-ordinate its work. Instead of making that vital connection between the healthcare system and the people who need it most, it is sending mixed messages and lost signals.

This system is not flawed and destined to fail it has worked to brilliant effect in places such as Brazil. The problem lies with National Government and the Health Department not controlling the community healthcare provider system.

There is no formal structure the provinces are left to do pretty much whatever they see fit for the system.

We implore you to download the full Mail&Guardian article written by Mia Malan and read it for yourself.

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