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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist in facilitating and implementing primary health care projects within the community 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260406  Assist in facilitating and implementing primary health care projects within the community 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Ancillary Health Care   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Promotive Health and Developmental Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
117498  Demonstrate knowledge of the provision and implementation of primary health care within the community  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable the community health worker to facilitate and assist in the provision of Primary Health Care based on the Primary Health Care approach within the community. It will enable the learner to understand the activities required to assist in facilitating and implementing primary health care projects and enable the learner to assist in identifying, planning and implementing a health care project in line with health care priorities in his/her community. The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the Health Care system in South Africa.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the Primary Health Care approach.
  • Identifying and engaging with stakeholders that impact Primary Health Care projects.
  • Planning health care project/s in consultation with the community.
  • Implementing a planned health care project in line with identified priority needs.
  • Monitoring and evaluating a health care project. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Primary Health Care includes but is not limited to:
  • Education regarding prevention and control of prevailing health problems.
  • Promotion of food supply and proper nutrition.
  • Adequate supplies of safe water and basic sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health care, family planning including basic understanding of available treatment for HIV infection.
  • Immunization against major infectious diseases.
  • Prevention and control of locally endemic diseases.
  • Appropriate treatment of common diseases and injuries.
  • Access to essential drugs.
  • Mental health.

    The Primary Health Care approach includes:
  • Universal accessibility and coverage in relation to need.
  • Appropriate technology.
  • Cost effectiveness.
  • Community and individual participation and self reliance.
  • Inter-sectoral action for health and development.

    Facilitation includes but is not limited to:
  • Enabling further stakeholders in the community to implement and administer primary health care projects.
  • Establishing others in monitoring and evaluating primary health care projects.

    Implementation includes but is not limited to:
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for a Primary Health Care project from conception to evaluation.

    Primary Health Care projects include but are not limited to assisting in:
  • Projects that are specific to own context, e.g. food gardens, incoming generating programmes to sustain community development or personal income, water and sanitation programmes.
  • Projects based on identified community needs, e.g. Tuberculosis Control, HIV/Aids support programmes and education, chronic disease management. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the Health Care System in South Africa. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Health Care System includes National and Provincial Health Legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Provincial, district and local health care provision is explained in terms of their relevant structures and functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Access to health care is explain in terms of establishments, facilities and services. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the Primary Health Care approach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Primary Health Care is explained in terms of the principles as they apply to the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The differences between Primary Health Care as a level of care and the Primary Health Care approach as the basis for all health care are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Structures for community involvement in health are explained in terms of their roles and functions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Structures include but are not limited to hospital boards, provincial consultative bodies, district health councils, community health centres/clinic committees.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of inter-sectoral collaboration is explained in terms of improved health and the development of the community. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and engage with stakeholders that impact on Primary Health Care projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The main stakeholders that are judged most likely to impact on Primary Health Care projects are identified with explanations of their probable roles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stakeholders include but are not limited to local government, implementing agents, ward committees, community leaders, other community members, traditional leaders.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Participatory processes and tools are identified in relation to nature of project and key stakeholders involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential obstacles to stakeholder participation are explained and recommendations made to overcome these obstacles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Potential obstacles include but are not limited to community expectations and fears, institutional priorities not in line with project identified, knowledge and experience of stakeholders involved in project, personal political agendas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Community participatory processes are facilitated on an ongoing basis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Procedures and criteria for reporting on stakeholder participation are identified and utilised in order to facilitate that participation in planning the project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plan health care project/s in consultation with the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified stakeholders and relevant community members are engaged in the planning process of the health care project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A plan, based on identified needs, is drawn up in conjunction with the community members and identified stakeholders. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plan includes but is not limited to:
  • Objectives/goals; measurements for success; timeframes; how the plan will be implemented, monitored and evaluated, roles and responsibilities; performance indicators; budgets; financial and non-financial reporting criteria.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Implement the planned health care project in line with identified and priority needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Goals and objectives of the plan are clearly described in order to ensure success of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Required activities indicated by the plan are implemented within the given timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ongoing reports are submitted to the plan leader to ensure coordination and progress. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Monitor and evaluate a health care project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Project progress is determined by reviewing ongoing reports and comparing development against the original plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Remedial actions are discussed and agreed to, then taken where necessary to ensure ongoing success. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All stakeholders are invited to contribute towards the close-out report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The project close-out report is submitted to the relevant stakeholders and overarching health authority. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners must be able to demonstrate competence in demonstrating an understanding between the individual, the family and the community in terms of Primary Health Care.

    Learners should be able to understand and explain:

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Communication skills needed to communicate effectively with the community.
  • Attitudes needed to communicate effectively with the community.

    Sensory cues:
  • To identify needs and problems.

    Events, causes and effects, implications of:
  • Common diseases and priorities including danger signs.

    Categories:
  • Non communicable diseases.
  • Communicable diseases.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Health care procedures.

    Regulations, Legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Local protocols.

    Theory, rules, principles, laws:
  • Cause and effect.

    Relationships, system:
  • Between individuals, families and community.
  • Referrals and networking.
  • Structure of district health team.

    Primary Health Care:
  • Education about prevailing health problems and methods of preventing and controlling them.
  • Promotion of food security and proper nutrition.
  • An adequate supply of safe water and basic sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health care, family planning including basic understanding of treatment for.

    HIV infection available in the community:
  • Immunisation against major infectious diseases.
  • Prevention and control of locally endemic diseases.
  • Appropriate treatment of common diseases and injuries.
  • Access to essential drugs.
  • Mental health.

    Primary Health Care:
  • Universal accessibility and coverage in relation to need.
  • Appropriate technology.
  • Cost effectiveness.
  • Community and individual participation and self reliance.
  • Inter-sectoral action for health and development. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to proactively assist with facilitating and implementing primary health care projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to effectively ensure participation in projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to assist in implementing plans within given timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to collate data and information for inputs into primary health care projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged with in the implementation of primary health care projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others to enhance participatory processes and reporting on projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts relating Primary Health Care projects do not exist in isolation and that a variety of factors will impact on this. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that all measures are taken to ensure that contributions in assisting in primary health care projects such that community needs are effectively met. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Core  64769   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  HW SETA 
    Core  64697   Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2015-06-30  HW SETA 
    Core  74410   Further Education and Training Certificate: Public Awareness Promotion of Dread Disease and HIV/AIDS  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2015-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.