2012-05-02 14:42 EEST Pohjoismainen kansanterveystieteen korkeakoulu, NHV/Nordic School of Public Health Sixteen years after apartheid the public health system in South Africa continues to be plagued by health worker shortages. “But lay health workers can make a great contribution to care”, says Karen Daniels at Nordic School of Public Health. But they also need greatly to be cared for. Here thesis explores how ordinary people trained to assist in health care is an option to tackling this crisis.