01 June 2020 – 30 June 2022
In 2020 SOPH began a review of the role of community-based services during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Western Cape Province, South Africa, as part of a wider review of public health responses led by the provincial health department. Linked to the SAMRC HSSU Research Unit, this work is part of a larger study to be conducted in 2021 with community health workers (CHWs) who are employed by non-governmental organisations in Cape Town, as well as the nurse co-ordinators and managers who work with them. Based on the lived experiences of CHWs working as frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak in Cape Town, the larger study will explore the meaning and impact of COVID-19 and its care and outbreak control measures.
The CHW study seeks to obtain data on the plurality of experiences, practices, and ideas. These will be captured through an in-depth inquiry with four key stakeholder groups, each comprising a broad spectrum of participants, namely public health responders, frontline healthcare workers, community action networks and people with COVID-19.
This nested study is part of a larger project – led by the University of Cape Town in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, the Western Cape Department of Health, and North-West University Potchefstroom