By Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Ministry of Health:
Today, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, will address a summit aimed at strengthening the Primary Healthcare system through Community Health Workers (CHW).
“When I took office eight months ago, part of my vision was to strengthen community based structures. We contract Community Health workers through NGO’s. They are known and trusted locally in the communities they serve.” said Minister Mbombo
The Western Cape currently has 3500 Community Healthcare Workers. They are dedicated, hardworking individuals who reach out to communities where home based care is most needed. Access to CHWs allows you to recover in familiar surroundings with loved ones.
The services they provide include illness prevention, recovery, treatment adherence, and end-of-life care needs.
Crucially, Home Based Care Services also encourage communities to take ownership of their health through education and awareness programmes.
This service is underpinned by the provincial strategic goal and HealthCare 2030 principles. This includes a person centred, equitable and affordable health system driven by an outcome-based approach, and achieved through strengthened Primary Healthcare.
We want to increase the footprint of Community Health Workers in our communities, and prioritize their skills development.
We are going to review our policies and regulations to achieve this.
That is why this summit is so important. We want to hear first-hand from stakeholders how services can be improved.
Together we can improve the quality of Primary Healthcare and bring it closer to the communities we serve.