Authors: Ingenhoff R, Munana R, Weswa I, Gaal J, Sekitoleko I, Mutabazi H, Bodnar BE, Rabin TL, Siddharthan T, Kalyesubula R, Knauf F, Nalwadda CK
The purpose of this study was to explore task shifting screening and referrals for diabetes and hypertension from facility-based healthcare workers to CHWs in Uganda. The study investigated perceptions of task shifting by conducting 10 focus group discussions and 24 in-depth interviews with stakeholders. Results indicate that CHWs are seen as a beneficial resource for task shifting NCD screening and referrals for diabetes and hypertension. However, there are multiple key elements that must be considered before implementing a task shifting program such as patients’ access to care through CHWs, structured supervision, community involvement, building CHW knowledge, and remuneration and facilitation.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)