Scrutinising the Effectiveness of Ward-Based Outreach Teams

Dr Landiwe Khuzwayo graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Public Health) degree. She was supervised by Professor Mosa Moshabela, Dean and Head of School of Nursing and Public Health. The study aimed to explore the user perception of primary healthcare (PHC) services provided by the ward-based outreach teams (WBOTs), and the effectiveness of these WBOTs in rural households. The results from this study show that outreach teams are a welcome extension of PHC into communities, especially for people who live in remote and rural areas. The outreach teams can be effective in meeting community needs, and ultimately contribute to the success of health reforms, but the negative attributes need to be corrected. The results from this study will enable policy-makers and decision-makers to improve the performance of outreach teams. Dr Khuzwayo is passionate about rural health and community health programmes, therefore choosing rural communities was important to her as she wanted to understand how rural communities perceive and benefit from community health programmes. She had challenges in balancing school, work and her personal life. Losing her father was another challenge; she has dedicated her work to him, and wishes he could have seen her receive her degree. To de-stress from the pressures of her work and studies, she is an avid runner, having competed in the Comrades Marathon and run other ultramarathons locally and abroad.

Dr Landiwe Khuzwayo at the Spring Graduation 2019

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