Rural areas in South Africa continue to be under-resourced and lack the necessary capacity to deal with an extensive disease burden. We have no clinics in any of our four villages and have implemented a number of health projects to provide preventative services; manage illnesses, communicable diseases and chronic conditions as well as to promote health. These interventions are also critical inputs to improving education outcomes.
Our Home-Based Carers are a significantly useful intervention in remote rural areas. It is also a scaleable primary health intervention that could be integrated more effectively into the public health system. We have a wealth of experience and information that can be shared with government and other communities.
Our Health and Nutrition programme has 7 main focus areas:
- Home-Based Care programme (Community Health Workers):
- for the elderly, chronically ill and people living with HIV; and
- for children and youth;
- Health in pregnancy;
- Community Health Point;
- Preschool centre-based ECD, nutrition management and mobile clinic services;
- Primary school mobile clinic services;
- Monthly Village Based Health Outreach events; and
- Health Advocacy.