COPC a ‘revolution in health service delivery’

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The newest member of the [b]Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA)[/b] is Professor Jannie Hugo, head of the [b]Department of Family Medicine[/b] at the [b]University of Pretoria[/b] is a passionate advocate for [b]Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC)[/b] – an approach to primary care which sees healthcare brought proactively to families and individuals where they live, work and play.

Hugo says in a [s]Health24[/s] interview: ‘We need to move our efforts to where the epidemics are, in communities, where people are at risk and may unknowingly be spreading diseases and getting infected.’ He adds: ‘For us, COPC is not a programme but a revolution in the paradigm of health service delivery…This revolution is about placing ourselves in the communities. If we work with community health workers and ordinary individuals and families, we can break the stranglehold of disease together.’

Full Health24 interview

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