n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Providing high-quality HIV care in a deeply rural setting - the Zithulele experience : reflections
|Article Title||Providing high-quality HIV care in a deeply rural setting - the Zithulele experience : reflections|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 Donald Woods Foundation and 2 Zithulele Hospital|
|Publication Date||Mar 2014|
|Pages||28 - 29|
In the deeply rural Zithulele community, based in one of the poorest districts in South Africa, the clinical and HIV programme staff believe that despite our resource-poor, rural setting, our patients deserve the same quality of medical care as their compatriots elsewhere. As a result, the HIV service that we have developed over the past seven years has had a strategic emphasis on providing accessible, quality care delivered in an innovative way that addresses local challenges and builds a robust foundation for future growth and sustainability. While our challenges are not unique, rural health facilities are often fragile entities. They have low staff numbers, yet carry a relatively heavy responsibility. In these parts, there is no plan B unless you devise it yourself!
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