Lexis Nexis contains functions for identifying newspapers from different countries and to perform searches for news stories with various terms/keywords.
These comprise generalist CHWs as well as those working in home- and community-based care and in clinics as specialist HIV/TB workers .
In an attempt to improve PHC services in the country, the South African government, in 2010, prepared a formal discussion document on an initiative to re-engineer PHC as a key component of the national health insurance (NHI) initiative and released a green paper on the topic in 2011 .
In the present study, we explore how the print media covers PHC and related research evidence.
We used Lexis Nexis Academic – the world’s largest online collection of news services – to search for news stories for the print media analysis.
A key feature of the policy is the formalization of CHWs.
The NHI initiative has spurred a lot of discussion in the media about healthcare financing and health systems reform at the PHC level and this has brought into sharp focus the need to examine issues relating to the role of the media in discussions about PHC in South Africa (see Table ].A systematic review of interventions by CHWs mainly in western countries showed that, when compared to usual care, CHW programmes were more effective in promoting immunisation uptake and improving outcomes for acute respiratory infections and malaria .In sub-Saharan Africa, a recent systematic review of CHWs in HIV care showed that CHWs improved the reach, uptake and quality of HIV services as well as the quality of life and retention in care for people living with HIV.The news media is located at the nexus of the public and policy agendas and provides a window into issues concerning the public.Therefore, it could be a powerful tool for advocating for citizens’ health and could help promote evidence-based primary health systems responsive to the needs of citizens.HIV/AIDS/TB illness- and service-related issues were covered by 54.3% of news stories and social determinants of health by 22%.