South Africa’s primary health care system has been developed specifically to deal with lower income areas where private health care is unaffordable and poverty-related diseases are prevalent. The Trust aims to provide a comprehensive Primary Health Care Service to the communities of the Manyeleti region.
12 Hour Clinic
Established in 2011, the Utah Nyarhi Clinic is a first class primary health care facility supporting the communities of Utah, Dixie, Thorndale, Seville A, Seville B and Seville C. The Utah Nyarhi Clinic is one of only a few examples of a successful public-private-community partnership in the primary health care sector in South Africa.
This project has demonstrated the importance of collaboration and continued support from all sectors to ensure the sustainability of primary health care. The clinic is open 7 days a week, and the primary services it renders to the community include:
- HIV counselling and testing
- Management of minor ailments
- Management of chronic ailments
- Mental health
- Maternal, child, women and youth health
- Family planning
- Wellness services
- TB/HIV and AIDS services
Between 2500 and 3000 patients visit the clinic every month to receive primary health care from a professional nurse and an average of 120 patients with more acute conditions are seen by the resident doctor each month.
Despite its many successes, and efforts by the Mpumalanga Department of Health to support the facility, the Utah Nyarhi Clinic continues to face challenges. The Trust will continue to raise funds to support the maintenance and provision of support infrastructure, proactive human resource management, additional medical equipment and support staff for the facility.
Building health capacity
Undermining the ability of a clinic of to address primary health care is a lack of capacity, a common constraint experienced by many clinics in rural communities. We aim to ensure that the Utah Nyarhi Clinic provides a top quality service to its patients everyday by mobilising resources to adequately staff the facility. This is an ongoing challenge for the Trust
Public relations efforts to create awareness about the clinic and its services remain a core role of the Utah Nyarhi Clinic. Since its opening, teenage pregnancy in the neighbouring schools have decreased from 16 in 2011 to only 3 in 2012. This can be attributed to the availability of HIV counselling and family planning at the clinic.