Providing weekly health screenings for pre-schoolers

Sep 2, 2016

We are grateful to continue our ongoing partnership with SHAWCO Health, who runs a weekly clinic at our Wellness Centre in Khayelitsha.

Each week, a community preschool is selected to undergo health screenings on a rotational basis. The children are brought to our Wellness Centre and under close professorial supervision, fifth-year medical students examine the children on-site.

For any referred cases, Ikamva Labantu ensures thorough follow-up, with the assistance of the preschool principal. Our statistical analyses indicate high numbers of immunisation and deworming defaulters, referrals and necessary medication interventions.

This process is beneficial to those who may not have otherwise sought medical advice, be it preventative or reactive, while also giving the students an opportunity to gain practical experience.