Community dialogues to probe factors contributing to poor adherence and retention in care in the Waterberg District of Limpopo Province: Towards a sustainable improvement strategy

 

Name of the Project:

Community dialogues to probe factors contributing to poor adherence and retention in care in the Waterberg District of Limpopo Province: Towards a sustainable improvement strategy

Description of the Project:

Project description 

The Waterberg District HIV and AIDS/STI/TB Unit (HAST) Programme Manager requested the District Co-ordinator of Health Systems Trust’s SA SURE project (South Africa Sustainable Response to HIV/AIDS) for assistance in exploring factors contributing to sub-optimal adherence to chronic medication and retention in care in the district. The district was under pressure to improve their performance in this regard, but managers knew little about the district-specific causes, and the lack of information was hampering the development of suitable improvement strategies.

Community Dialogues – one of the methods employed by the SA SURE Project to support health systems strengthening – was pursued to provide the District with a means of investigating these causes and identifying solutions in collaboration with stakeholders in civil society. On 17, 18 and 20 March 2015, the Waterberg SA SURE team, in collaboration with HST colleagues and Department of Health partners, facilitated Community Dialogues to this end.

The dialogues were enthusiastically received and well attended, with more than 100 stakeholders participating over the three days. A report was handed over to Waterberg Management on 11 August 2016.

Project objectives   

  • To identify factors contributing to the district’s sub-optimal performance in terms of adherence to long-term and chronic medication and retention in care
  • To explore strategies to improve performance

      

Funder          

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Partners       

Limpopo Department of Health; Waterberg District Municipality; Waterberg District AIDS Council; Modimolle, Thabazimbi and Lephalale Local AIDS Councils; Waterberg Executive Mayor’s Office; Waterberg Civil Society

Project team members       

Project Director:

Jackie Smith

Project Manager:

Ega Janse van Rensburg-Bonthuyzen

Status           

Completed

For further information contact the Project Manager, Ega Janse van Rensburg-Bonthuyzen at ega.bonthuyzen@hst.org.za

Updated: 18 November 2016