Staff attrition among community health workers in home-based care programmes for people living with HIV and AIDS in western Kenya.

Citation:
Olang’o CO NIKA-H& J. "Staff attrition among community health workers in home-based care programmes for people living with HIV and AIDS in western Kenya. ." Health Policy. 2010;Vol. 97(2 ):232-237.

Abstract:

Objectives: This paper examines trends and underlying causes of attrition among volunteer community health workers in home-based care for people living with HIV and AIDS in western Kenya. Methods: Ethnographic data were collected between January and November 2006 through participant observation, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with 30 CHWs, NGO staff and health care providers and 70 PLWHA. Results: An attrition rate of 33% was observed among the CHWs. The reasons for dropout included: the cultural environment within which CHWs operated; lack of adequate support from area NGOs; poor selection criteria for CHWs; and power differences between NGO officials and CHWs which fostered lack of transparency in the NGOs’ operations. Conclusions: In order to achieve well-functioning and sustainable HBC services, factors which influence retention/dropout of CHWs should be addressed taking into account the socio-cultural, programmatic and economic contexts within which CHW activities are implemented.

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