Sponsoring organisations: Western Cape Government Health Department, Wellcome Centre Infectious Diseases Research in Africa, University of Cape Town, MSF, City Health, City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste and Disaster Management and Environmental Health.
On October 25th, the Western Cape Government Health Department’s Khayelitsha Community Health Clinic together with the Wellcome Centre Infectious Diseases Research in Africa, University of Cape Town, MSF, City Health, City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste and Disaster Management and Environmental Health sponsored the Health Imbizo which focused on public engagement with the community of Khayelitsha. The Imbizo was open to all the public of Khayelitsha specifically those residing in Site B and approximately 250 were in attendance. During the Imbizo, the attendees shared their opinions, thoughts and suggestions for consideration for the improvement of services and better understanding of the functions of the different organisations present.
Facility manager of the Khayelitsha Community Health Clinic, Mr. David Binza; Wellcome Centre Infectious Diseases Research in Africa Community Liaison Officer, Ms. Zandile Ciko; Ward 18 Councillor, Ms. Ntomboxolo Koopman were on hand to open the Imbizo. Mr. Binza gave a brief background of the Health Imbizo concept. He explained how it was necessary for platforms of this nature to be occur as the community has to be aware of services provided by the different organisations and governmental departments working within Khayelitsha.
The Keynote speaker was Mr. Mzwanywa Ndibongo, Chairperson of the Khayelitsha Health Forum. Mr. Ndibongo spoke about the importance of having an open dialogue between organizations and the community. He emphasized that his work was to bridge the gap between these two very important groups and how developing a continuous impartial relationship amongst them was key for the progress of health related initiatives within Khayelitsha.
During the day, Imbizo participants had the opportunity to listen and engage with different speakers, sharing their experiences and developing recommendations for effective participation and service provision. Topics covered included current HIV and TB research initiatives, Access to services, Shortage of staff in clinics, Adherence to medication, Responsible water usage and various more. The participants had the opportunity to further engage with the different organisational representatives by visits their display and information tables. Following a structured program of presentations and information exchange, the audience and organisational representatives reached a consensus that an annual Health Imbizo was important to allow for a continuous dialogue and a standard of accountability and o wnership for the development of health related services within Khayelitsha.
Phathuxolo Vinqishe, manning the Uhambo (HVTN 702) table. Uhambo is an HIV vaccine efficacy trial currently being conducted at the eKhayaVac Clinic Research Site.
Zandile Ciko, presenting an overview of the current research initiatives at eKhayaVac CRS and the Hubb at the Site B CHC.
Audience and participants listening to the presentations.