CRH research team: Ms Nokuthula Lushaba, Ms Thembani Luvuno, Mr Andrew Penniall and Ms
Thulisile Mazubane at St. Faith's, one of the research sites for the Nompilo Project in the Ugu District.

Communities in the rural areas of the Ugu District are witness to the partnership's on-going Nompilo Research Project that is examining the impact of interventions to improve childhood survival through community caregivers (CCGs) using a community based mother and child health intervention based on integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI).

The intervention comprises two weeks of residential training to give the CCGs the skills required for implementation, followed by regular supportive visits every two weeks using a quality improvement approach.

CRH says the availability and quality of health care in rural areas is often compromised, leaving these communities without adequate access to care. The Centre uses research, education programmes, capacity building and advocacy to address these challenges. Health workers, officials from the public health system, health science students, and residents of rural communities benefit from these efforts

Dr Christiane Horwood, Research Manager at CRH, said: 'We hope we will be able to show that community based interventions provided by CCGs can improve uptake of key interventions like early antenatal clinic attendance, post-natal care and HIV testing, which will improve outcomes for mothers and children in the most vulnerable communities.

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