Community Health Worker (Ruyterwacht)
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • TB HIV Care
Job Description

Job Advert Summary

Conducts community, household and individual health assessments and identify individual health needs and risks (actual and potential).

Facilitate the family or an individual to seek the appropriate health service and promote the health of the households and the individuals within these households.

Refer individuals for further assessment and testing after performing simple basic screening. Provides limited, simple health interventions in a household.

Provide psycho-social support and manage interventions such as treatment defaulter tracing and adherence supportMinimum Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Home Based Care Certificate
  • Experience in handling patients with HIV
  • Must be resident in the area and have good knowledge of the geographical area
  • Embrace different methods for supporting ART adherence support
  • Locating clients and conducting the intervention in client’s households

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the patient with personal hygiene, this would include washing of the body and hair, shaving of male patients, cutting of finger and toe nails, mouth care
  • Perform wound care using appropriate material
  • Provide stoma therapy, catheter care, nail and foot care, tracheotomy care
  • Educate patient and relatives about caring for the patient at home and resources available
  • Refer patients to health facilities and service providers where necessary
  • Report the deterioration of patients’ conditions to supervisor
  • Identify and register households
  • Help patient(s) to understand purpose of visit and gain cooperation

Skills and Competencies

  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Willing to work independently and under pressure
  • Willingness to work in the community

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