Strengthening social work services in the health sectors of Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Taking lessons from social work actions/inactions in COVID-19 response in Nigeria

Prince Agwu (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The social work profession is growing in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Nigeria, the profession recently got backed by an act of law, yet with persisting grey areas about its roles and responsibilities in the health sector, as well as many other sectors. The relegation of social work in containing COVID-19, and generally in Nigeria’s health sector, is largely lamented by published studies. As similar countries to Nigeria face this same challenge, there is a need to reflect on the limited roles of social work in health and what can be done to address this. A global agenda in the ‘Health in All Policies’ (HiAP) aligns with the need to consolidate social care and justice in healthcare. This commentary, through a review of literature and practice experience, recommends a tripartite approach (union, community presence, and documented protocol), in scaling up social work presence in contexts where they struggle for identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Work and Social Sciences Review
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Health in All Policies
  • social determinants of health
  • social work
  • social work identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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