Rural Health Update no.1

The role of clinical associates in improving access to HR4RH.

The Department of Health has identified a wide range of short, medium and long-term strategies that together need to ensure, “a workforce fit for purpose to meet South Africa’s health needs”1. The development and employment of new health cadres is part of the roadmap to better health for all. This Rural Health Update focuses on the role of the clinical associate (ClinA) in addressing the country’s health workforce shortages.

The role of ClinAs is often not well understood by different stakeholders, including by health management and health care workers, and a number of challenges impede the successful introduction and expansion of this health workforce cadre.

Read the full Rural Health Update no. 1