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Health care without communication? The language gap


The South African (SA) National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and Tuberculosis 2012-2016 identifies the crucial importance of communication to reach key targets in the treatment of these diseases. Indeed, in SA the majority of health care consultations involve exchanges between professionals and patients with different linguistic, psychological and spiritual/religious backgrounds. This innovative interdisciplinary project (a) proposes and empirically evaluates strategies to overcome language and cultural barriers to improve adherence to treatment in these diseases in SA in close collaboration with key local actors, with a focus on rural health care centers, and (b) develops a strategy to implement these improved communication strategies in curricula for health care professionals and training of professionals in local clinics in order to secure the implementation of these strategies in teaching and medical practice in SA in the long run.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2017 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Patrick Luyten
Local promoter Russell Kaschula
Local partner institution KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Local partner institution Rhodes University
Other local partners Stellenbosch University
visit https://www.sun.ac.za
Budget € 223.231