On the sidelines of the DENOSA KZN Provincial Congress in Durban, DENOSA in KwaZulu-Natal held a meeting with Community Health Centre Inc from the US and ICN Vice-President, Thembeka Gwagwa, on possible collaboration between DENOSA on behalf of South African nurses and the Community Health Centres Inc, which runs a very successful community-oriented primary healthcare in the US, which is modelled at the kind of set-up that was initiated at Pholela CHC in KwaZulu-Natal.
DENOSA KZN was represented by Chairperson, Sibonelo Cele, and Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu. DENOSA Head Office was represented by International Relations Manager, Heather Sam, and Projects Coordinator, Kedibone Mdolo.
The meeting, which took place on 16 January at Protea Hotel, was aimed at initiating the formal ongoing relationship and partnership between the two institutions so that nurses in South Africa and the SADC region could benefit from the skills that go with the fast-moving primary and transformed healthcare movement.
Community Health Centres Inc runs a network of primary health centres in Connecticut in the US, and provides comprehensive primary healthcare to the indigents. The institute cares for over 28 million patients annually and makes use of modern technology to enhance the healthcare service faster and in real time.
The institute runs, through its research institute, a number of capacity programmes that skill healthcare workers.
Head of the Inc, Professor Margaret Flinter, said: "Primary healthcare is very challenging all over the world, and the US is no different."
She visited Pholela CHC in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the Pioneer of community-oriented primary healthcare.
All parties agreed to a second-round of meeting where they could take relationship forward.