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 have always been focused on prevention to drive down the need for care,” says Pillay. “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.”