Empathetic Care: A guide for community health workers has been developed specifically for community health workers by Bettercare. Much of the learning methodology has been adapted from the Perinatal Education Programme course books for health professionals and much of the material for this book has been drawn from the work of psychologists Kristen Neff, Richard Davidson and Paul Ekman.
We acknowledge all the participants of the Skills to Care Learning Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism during the development of this course book. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the course book can be improved.
Bettercare would like to gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Small Projects Foundation (SPF) in supporting this project.
SPF is a conscientious non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community empowerment and development in the Eastern Cape and across South Africa. Established in January 1988, SPF is a community development and training trust that operates under the governance of a non-remunerated Board of Trustees. SPF specialises in the areas of project management, social marketing, development facilitation, training, innovative development, research and evaluation.
Kistefos AS provided a generous grant to Small Projects Foundation to fund the development and production of this course book.
May this book provide greater understanding and bring benefit to community health workers and the communities they serve.
Author: Roseanne Turner
Editor: Prof David Woods