Projects

SHAWCO Rural Health

The Extra-Projects portfolio involves organising supplementary projects to the regular clinics that SHAWCO students run in various communities in the Western Cape.  In the past this has involved a weekend visit to Worcester/Vredenburg and a 10 day trip to the Eastern Cape where students, supervised by a qualified doctor, provided health care services from existing clinics that needed extra assistance or from a SHAWCO mobile clinic. The services provided focused on screening, such as PAP smears and HIV testing and counseling, but general complaints were also seen and treated.

 

The aim of the project is to provide health care services to areas that are in need of health care, for example if their nearby clinics need assistance, if there is no clinic in their vicinity or if the services we offer are currently unavailable to that community. We want to be careful not to duplicate services already in place or fill in gaps that should be filled by government projects. We also do not want to run these projects in areas where we normally run SHAWCO clinics, such as Khayelitsha or Noordhoek. The projects should thus provide services that are specifically needed in that community. The project is also a learning opportunity for students to be exposed to rural health care and multidisciplinary work (e.g. medical, health and rehabilitation students working together), as well as inter-sectoral collaboration (e.g. collaboration with engineering students).

 

Projects

SHAWCO Rural Health

The Extra-Projects portfolio involves organising supplementary projects to the regular clinics that SHAWCO students run in various communities in the Western Cape.  In the past this has involved a weekend visit to Worcester/Vredenburg and a 10 day trip to the Eastern Cape where students, supervised by a qualified doctor, provided health care services from existing clinics that needed extra assistance or from a SHAWCO mobile clinic. The services provided focused on screening, such as PAP smears and HIV testing and counseling, but general complaints were also seen and treated.

 

The aim of the project is to provide health care services to areas that are in need of health care, for example if their nearby clinics need assistance, if there is no clinic in their vicinity or if the services we offer are currently unavailable to that community. We want to be careful not to duplicate services already in place or fill in gaps that should be filled by government projects. We also do not want to run these projects in areas where we normally run SHAWCO clinics, such as Khayelitsha or Noordhoek. The projects should thus provide services that are specifically needed in that community. The project is also a learning opportunity for students to be exposed to rural health care and multidisciplinary work (e.g. medical, health and rehabilitation students working together), as well as inter-sectoral collaboration (e.g. collaboration with engineering students).