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.