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Bridging the gap: an intervention to capitalize on the intermediate role of the household in community support for HIV care


The HIV epidemic is putting a massive burden on South Africa’s health system. Given the shortage of human resources for health, community health worker (CHW) support is cited as an integral part of a sustainable antiretroviral treatment (ART) strategy. Evidence supports the potential of CHW involvement but demonstrates large variability in its effectiveness. Work by this research team demonstrated that this variability can be largely explained by the household context – CHW support stimulates ART success in HIV competent households but does not work in less competent households. This proposal aims to build on this knowledge by developing and testing – in a cluster randomized controlled trial – a household intervention to (1) stimulate HIV competence levels and create HIV competent households, and thus (2) optimize the impact of CHW support on individual ART outcomes. With the activities outlined, the TEAM project will (1) build new knowledge and skills at the South partner in order to (2) develop an evidence-based, feasible and sustainable strategy to optimize the outcomes in vulnerable contexts where this knowledge is needed most.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Edwin Wouters
Local promoter Lucia Knight
Local partner institution Universiteit Antwerpen
visit www.uantwerpen.be
Local partner institution University of the Western Cape
Budget € 279.871