Philips South Africa Commercial (Pty) Limited, in collaboration with Rhiza Babuyile is strengthening community and primary health by extending an existing mobile health clinic into a Mini-Community Life Centre (CLC) in Orange Farm, Gauteng.
The Mini-CLC is a holistic community-driven facility that is designed to provide access to quality primary health services where it is needed the most. The collaborative commitment to improving the health outcomes for residents in the area started with the introduction of a mobile clinic in March 2018, with the aim to relieve pressure from government clinic.
Through the mobile clinic, and now the Mini-CLC, the residents of Orange Farm are no longer exclusively dependent on the hospitals in the area; the CLC offers an alternative that encourages more routine check-ins, rather than postponing care. This means that an expectant mother will have easy access to prenatal screening to safeguard her pregnancy, and children could receive oral care advice which ultimately impacts overall health. We aim to see at least 1000 patients per month.
“We have always been focused on prevention to drive down the need for care,” says Romulen Pillay, Managing Director of Philips. “With these community health solutions, we are seeing more people seek advice, education and screening services. This ultimately ensures that medical interventions are prevented, but more so, where interventions are needed. We are making technology available to the community through the Mini-CLC allowing care to be prioritised for these patients.”
This holistic community-driven platform is anticipated to improve the quality of life of the population living in Orange Farm with a focus on mother and child and dental care, as well as TB and HIV/AIDS screening.
“This is the third successful collaboration on a CLC we have had with Philips,” says Alef Meulenberg, Chairman of Rhiza Babuyile. “Through our projects in Diepsloot and Hani Park, we have seen that the CLC not only delivers essential access to quality healthcare, but also has a positive social impact on the community. These platforms offer infrastructure for future entrepreneurs, and a haven for the larger community to put themselves first – taking care of their health, offering social solace, and creating space to focus on their personal and professional development.”
The CLC is a scalable, self-sufficient concept for primary healthcare delivery and social development that Philips has pioneered in Africa and successfully introduced across the continent. To date, Philips have introduced similar solutions in Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC and South Africa as part of its commitment to improve the lives of 300 million people in underserved areas of the world by 2030.
The CLC platform aims to turn a health facility into a community hub, where technology is bundled with an integrated service package and community empowerment interventions. The facility offers a clean and reliable energy supply; efficient and durable indoor and outdoor lighting to enable extended opening hours and provides a safe playground and workspace; healthcare equipment to enable patient monitoring, diagnosis and triage; and refrigeration for blood and supplies storage.
The mobile clinic that serviced the Orange Farm community from March 2018 will continue operations in the Orange Farm community to supplement the efforts of the mini-CLC; the aim is to increase access to healthcare for more members of the local community.
“At Philips we recognise the need for innovative partnerships to increase access to quality healthcare, enable effective service delivery and improve health outcomes for all, and it is energising to see the impact we are creating in different locations across South Africa with our Community Life Centres,” concludes Pillay.
- Curative (all ages for both males and females)
- Family planning (including cervical screening for papsmear)
- Cancer screening for prostate
- HIV/AIDS testing and counselling
- Antenatal care