Skills2Care: An innovative, cooperative learning programme for community health workers in South Africa
Community health workers (CHWs) hold potential to support universal health coverage and better health for vulnerable communities. They are integral to the re-engineered Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy, introduced in South Africa in 2011. This study focussed on how to train CHWs in large numbers, especially in resource-limited, rural settings. Skills2Care, a method of cooperative learning for CHWS, has been pioneered in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This method of peer group cooperative learning can significantly increase the cognitive knowledge of CHWs.