Community-based care has been promoted as the best option to curb the impact of HIV/AIDS. However it is dangerous to assume that communities have limitless resilience and capacity to care for dying people and provide for those they leave behind. There is an acute need for social protection and interventions to support the most vulnerable members of the community and households affected by this epidemic. The purpose of this research was to identify the potential and constraints of the community-based worker (CBW) system and service delivery, by tracking the evolution of participation in selected projects as shaped by the interface between individuals, CBWs and institutions. The key research question is: What are the possibilities and constraints of CBW systems in delivering pro-poor home-based care in the HIV/AIDS sector?
Case study: community-based workers and HIV/AIDS in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Working Paper No. 10, Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, UK, 30 pp.