n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Baseline survey of a faith-based community health project in Limpopo province, South Africa : primary health / community health

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study identifies baseline information on a faith-based community project in Limpopo province, South Africa in order to revive and provide the essential services with the involvement of the community. The emphasis of the Masealama Information Centre project is on eliminating the scourge of poverty, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and to provide information to the communities on health-care issues. A qualitative descriptive case study methodology was used. Non-probability purposive sampling was used to include community members who previously were involved in the project and board members of the faith-based community project. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, transcribed verbatim statements from the interview sessions were analysed, and the themes and sub-themes that emerged from the data analysis described the state of the project. The researcher also undertook unstructured participant observation during data collection. This was done during interactions and meetings, and the data were included in the data description. The findings reveal that the majority of the community members had very little knowledge of the nature of the programme, although they did mention that it benefited the children and the community at large. The division within the community was another cause of the collapse of the faith-based community project. Because the Centre belongs to the Lutheran Church, some felt it benefited only the Lutherans. This project must be revived to bring development to the community, and measures should be taken to unite the community members.

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