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The needs of health promoters on a health promotion programme for families with adolescents orphaned by HIV and AIDS

Maseapo P. Mthobeni, Mmapheko D. Peu
Curationis | Vol 36, No 1 | a70 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v36i1.70 | © 2013 Maseapo P. Mthobeni, Mmapheko D. Peu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2011 | Published: 01 February 2013

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Maseapo P. Mthobeni, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Mmapheko D. Peu, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The South African communities has shown to have a challenge in accessing health services especially in rural areas; hence the national strategic objective 1.7 aimed at strengthening community systems to expand access to services using the community-based care programmes (NSP 2012–2016). The programmes enhance access to health services whilst promoting health and educating the community to improve health knowledge and work towards attaining a healthy living (NSP 2012–2016). However, the health promoters from the rural Hammanskraal region in the North West Province of South Africa often found themselves rendering the health promotion services in their communities with limited resources. This study aimed at exploring and describing the challenges faced by health promoters in implementing health promotion programmes for families with adolescents orphaned by HIV and AIDS. The study followed a qualitative design. Data was collected using focus group interviews. Participants were purposely selected by the social worker and the health promotion coordinator working at Hammanskraal. The process of data analysis was adapted from the eight steps of Tesch method of data analysis where categories, sub-categories and themes were isolated. The following categories emerged as the needs of health promoters on health promotion programmes for families with adolescents orphaned by HIV and AIDS, (1) financial needs, (2) resources, (3) basic life needs, (4) educational needs and (5) health promoter’s needs. It is therefore recommended that equal distribution of resources: including medicine, equipment and finances, should be maintained in order to ensure non-interrupted services.

Keywords

health promoters; health education; health promotion; HIV and AIDS; orphaned adolescents

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