Chiawelo Community Practice is an experiment in developing community-oriented primary care (COPC) more strongly in South Africa, as a model for GP-led teams contracted to the National Health Insurance. It is part of Chiawelo Community Health Centre in Soweto, and part of the public health service in South Africa. It functions as part of the Wits University teaching and research platform. It is led by a family physician (Prof. Shabir Moosa). The team includes a family medicine registrar (rotating 1st years), a clinical associate (Ms. Shivani Pillay), an enrolled nurse as team leader (Mrs Yvonne Katane) and 21 CHWs.. They are caring for 18 000+ residents from the community of Ward 11 in strong teamwork and improving quality of care. Local stakeholders are engaged strongly, supporting a growing health promotion programme.
15 CHWs are allocated over the geographic area of Ward 11 (Soweto part), the ward in which Chiawelo CHC is located. Chiawelo Community Practice is in the Child Health Section of the CHC (below) with other CHWs based in the Community Practice offices (below): Ms. Thuli Makausu manages the office with Thandi, Jabu and Faith; and Mr. Gundo Tshimange coordinates health promotion and stakeholder management.
The Chiawelo Community Practice (CCP) is modeled on moving from a curative to a preventive/promotive focus in health services with the following framework:
- Community health workers, as active parts of the team, building a profile of the community and strengthening daily interaction with the community.
- Practice re-organization with teamwork around person, family and community, especially with strong problem-oriented record systems and innovative communication.
- Strong structured collaboration with stakeholders in the health system, other government sectors/institutions and with the community.
- Health promotion that accounts for the complexity of changing behaviour
It is being modeled for the context of National Health Insurance (especially considering private general practitioners in teams). Have a look at key resources for setting up a Community Practice. See the video below. You can see slides for an updated view AfroCP Workshop 2014-10-10. See the Chiawelo CP Report as well as Progress Reports on CCP. Better still – VISIT us!
The objective is to build this Community Practice as a Centre of Excellence. Our partnerships, innovations (including use of information technology – mobile data collection tool) and academic freedom are allowing us to engage socially and to contribute to important research and training (with undergraduates and postgraduates already moving through CCP). It is already achieving international visibility as the first African member of the International Federation of CHCs. We believe that the Chiawelo Community Practice will grow in influence.