Measuring the move towards equity from the site of service delivery: results from the nine provinces
The Faces of AIDS project implemented by the Directorate for HIV/AIDS in the Department of Health was part of a national mass media strategy aimed at providing a face for the epidemic. It was expected that endorsement of HIV/AIDS information on prevention, de-stigmatitaion and acceptance of peaople with AIDS (PWA's) by credible role models and PWA's themselves would challenge attitudes people have about AIDS.
International experience has shown that CHWs can make a valuable contribution to improving basic health status in poor communities. However, the nature of their role in South Africa's Primary Health Care (PHC) system has yet to be defined. The development of CHW programmes will be facilitated by the move towards a district-based health system (DHS). However, the message from other countries is that there must be clarity on the status and role of these front-line health workers for them to achieve their full potential.