Philani Outreach Programme

Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2014

In brief

Evidence of model effectiveness

This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.

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Model description

The Philani Outreach Programme is a home visiting program based in South Africa that aims to improve child and maternal nutrition and health and prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Among those living in South Africa’s informal settlements, the program targets all pregnant women; malnourished children; and children at risk of malnutrition, abuse, neglect or HIV/ AIDS. Outreach workers, also called mentor mothers, conduct the home visits. Outreach workers are from the local communities and have successfully raised well-nourished, healthy children despite living in poverty. They identify and invite eligible families to participate, focusing on health issues, coping skills, and available resources. The outreach workers also refer children who need additional medical attention to the local medical clinics. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of evidence

Results of search and review
Number of manuscripts
At least one finding was eligible for review…
4
  …and at least one finding rated high
0
  …and at least one finding rated moderate (but none rated high)
0
  …and all findings that were eligible for review rated low
3
  …but manuscript is additional source2
1

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Summary of findings

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Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This model has no manuscripts that report high- or moderate-rated findings and therefore does not meet HHS criteria for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.

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