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RESEARCH ON THE INTEGRATION OF HIV, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES IN KWAZULU-NATAL

 

UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has developed an intervention model that is designed to assist public health clinics in KwaZulu-Natal to integrate maternal, child, women’s health (MCWH) and HIV services into the well child setting.
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   NOMPILO PROJECT ADVOCATES FOR BETTER RURAL HEALTHCARE IN THE UGU DISTRICT

 

Rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal are benefiting from a strategic partnership between the KZN provincial Department of Health (DoH), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the 20 000+ partnership, and the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) at UKZN. 
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TOGETHER AND ENGAGED

Community Participation in Education, Research and Service

This conference brought together the Wonca World Rural Health Conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network. Read more

TOGETHER AND ENGAGED.
Community Participation in Education, Research and Service
This conference brought together the Wonca World Rural Health Conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network.
TOGETHER AND ENGAGED.
Community Participation in Education, Research and Service
This conference brought together the Wonca World Rural Health Conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network.
 
  

NEW GRANT TO DEVELOP RURAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has been awarded a three-year grant of R17 million by the international organisation, The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), to oversee a project that will support the development of rural academic excellence at UKZN and throughout South Africa. Read more

UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has been awarded a three-year grant of R17 million by the international organisation, The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), to oversee a project that will support the development of rural academic excellence at UKZN and throughout South Africa.
CRH Director, Dr Bernard Gaede, said the grant would be used for a number of interrelated projects such as increasing research capacity in rural health and building capacity of rural sites for the training of health professionals.  He said, through the fund, the centre would stimulate a local and national community of rural academics. ‘There is increasing interest in rural health as a field of critical enquiry. The grant allows us space to develop a much larger footprint in the country’s rural health.’
Gaede explained that the CRH had been funded by AP over the previous six years for two major projects which were also in line with the organisation’s mission to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
‘The first project focused on establishing a learning complex by developing a range of activities in a regional setting to improve health care worker retention, improve quality of care and develop support for rural health care professionals. Building on experiences from the first project, the second project, District Based Learning, took the ideas of institutionalising initiatives around reflective practice and enabling conditions for the support and retention of rural health care professionals in one district,’ he said.
‘In South Africa a growing number of academics and researchers are engaging in the undergraduate training of a range of health professions where rural health as a field of critical inquiry. At UKZN, more specifically, the development of a rural training platform is part of the College of Health Science’s strategic direction. It builds on a sound foundation of the establishment of rural health as an academic discipline at UKZN (the first in the country) and many years of rural research and engagement with a number of rural hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.’
Gaede said a critical component for the training of health professionals in a rural setting was the local capacity of these communities in hosting medical students – ‘which includes issues of the quality of healthcare, human resources as well as infrastructure requirements, particularly accommodation.
‘If students have a good experience training in the rural sites they are more likely to go and practice in rural areas after they have qualified.’
‘As part of the engagement with the sites for student rotations, the project proposed to focus on the improvement of the quality of care and management, to benefit both local communities as well as creating a positive experience for students in the sites.’
Over and above the Rural Academic Excellence project, Gaede said CRH research projects provided a good context for multidisciplinary postgraduate researchers to work in rural health. ‘Collaborations are essential. The national health policies guiding the implementation of the National Health Insurance and the re-engineering of primary health care creates an important point of departure for relevant research in rural health.’
Gaede said CRH had plans to expand and collaborate in rural research projects, including expanding post-graduate research at UKZN. ‘He said plans to develop a research masters in rural health were in the pipeline and this would lead to the production of more PhDs in the field. This would build the long-term sustainability of the CRH as a centre of excellence in rural health research.
‘Rural health is absolutely critical and we are very explicit about that.’
UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has been awarded a three-year grant of R17 million by the international organisation, The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), to oversee a project that will support the development of rural academic excellence at UKZN and throughout South Africa.
CRH Director, Dr Bernard Gaede, said the grant would be used for a number of interrelated projects such as increasing research capacity in rural health and building capacity of rural sites for the training of health professionals.  He said, through the fund, the centre would stimulate a local and national community of rural academics. ‘There is increasing interest in rural health as a field of critical enquiry. The grant allows us space to develop a much larger footprint in the country’s rural health.’
Gaede explained that the CRH had been funded by AP over the previous six years for two major projects which were also in line with the organisation’s mission to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
‘The first project focused on establishing a learning complex by developing a range of activities in a regional setting to improve health care worker retention, improve quality of care and develop support for rural health care professionals. Building on experiences from the first project, the second project, District Based Learning, took the ideas of institutionalising initiatives around reflective practice and enabling conditions for the support and retention of rural health care professionals in one district,’ he said.
‘In South Africa a growing number of academics and researchers are engaging in the undergraduate training of a range of health professions where rural health as a field of critical inquiry. At UKZN, more specifically, the development of a rural training platform is part of the College of Health Science’s strategic direction. It builds on a sound foundation of the establishment of rural health as an academic discipline at UKZN (the first in the country) and many years of rural research and engagement with a number of rural hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.’
Gaede said a critical component for the training of health professionals in a rural setting was the local capacity of these communities in hosting medical students – ‘which includes issues of the quality of healthcare, human resources as well as infrastructure requirements, particularly accommodation.
‘If students have a good experience training in the rural sites they are more likely to go and practice in rural areas after they have qualified.’
‘As part of the engagement with the sites for student rotations, the project proposed to focus on the improvement of the quality of care and management, to benefit both local communities as well as creating a positive experience for students in the sites.’
Over and above the Rural Academic Excellence project, Gaede said CRH research projects provided a good context for multidisciplinary postgraduate researchers to work in rural health. ‘Collaborations are essential. The national health policies guiding the implementation of the National Health Insurance and the re-engineering of primary health care creates an important point of departure for relevant research in rural health.’
Gaede said CRH had plans to expand and collaborate in rural research projects, including expanding post-graduate research at UKZN. ‘He said plans to develop a research masters in rural health were in the pipeline and this would lead to the production of more PhDs in the field. This would build the long-term sustainability of the CRH as a centre of excellence in rural health research.
‘Rural health is absolutely critical and we are very explicit about that.’
 
     SAAHE CONFERENCE AT UKZN

UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za
UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za
UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za
UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za
UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za
UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.
This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.
SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans.
A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website: http://www.saahe.org.za

UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference. 

This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences. 

SAAHE is an association of health sciences educators from universities, NGOs and institutions in the government and private sectors driven by a common goal to improve the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to all South Africans. 

A website specific to the conference will be set up containing all the conference information. The link is on the official SAAHE website:http://www.saahe.org.za    Read More

 
   

THE CHALLENGES OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Basic  skills  to  enhance  communication between  healthcare workers  and  patients  and  their  families  was  the  theme of  an  interesting  workshop  hosted  by UKZN’s  Department  of  Rural  Health. Read more

 

 

   

IMPROVING NEWBORN CARE IN THE UGU DISTRICT   By Shellique Carby

It has been long realised that newborn child care has been deficient in the country, so a five-day training session, aimed at improving newborn care, was conducted at Port Shepstone Hospital by clinicians who have previously been trained in this field. This will be followed by a series of training specifically on newborn care.

The training is aimed at improving newborn care skills of health professionals of government hospitals, community health centres and clinics in the Ugu District.Port Shepstone Hospital is the first site in KZN for training of this nature. Therefore mothers going to deliver in hospitals can get excellent care and improved management of their new- born babies.  Courtesy of Fever.Online 

  

 

PUBLIC FORUM ON SA NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

 

Academics and young scientists from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) took part in a public debate in Durban between various stakeholders on the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in South Africa. 
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  ATLANTIC SUPPORTS RURAL HEALTH

The Centre for Rural Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has received three extensive grants from The Atlantic Philanthropies since 2005. 

Formed in 1987 as the Centre for Health and Social Studies, or CHESS as it was then known, the Centre existed primarily to undertake research and advocacy to counter the conservative and elitist biases of the South African Medical and Dental Association. With changes in leadership in 1998, CHESS began to develop a rural health activist agenda and, in 2001, the name changed to the Centre for Rural Health, expressing the organisation’s growing commitment to improving the health care offered to impoverished people living in rural and underserved areas. Read more at UKZN Foundation Development brief Vol 9 No 1/April 2012