Pursuing the Possibility of a General Medicine Mobile Clinic in Sebokeng and Environs
Our 2021 year-end evaluation of the Klipkop Center programs leads to the conclusion that a regularly scheduled general medicine clinic is one of the most urgently needed services there, and in other neighboring informal settlements as well. Side by Side has indicated a willingness to participate in a study of this need and provision of financial help if a satisfactory plan can be developed.
The executive staff of the South Africa Medical Association (SAMA) has agreed to help study this problem with us to see what can be done and how they may be able to help.
Side by Side has also connected with the Sedibeng District Health Service staff who have expressed keen interest in pursuing this with us.
The Side by Side Suggested Basic Plan
We would suggest that a general medicine mobile clinic be housed inside a secure location at the Klipkop community center site. This is not only because of the need in Klipkop but also because of the availability of space. This likely would require the construction of a small building that would securely house the mobile unit.
Side by Side and Maranatha church have connections with many neighboring settlement churches and a couple of NPOs that could provide the sites and any necessary outreach for regularly scheduled visits by the mobile unit. These might include churches at Bophelong, Boipatong, Maranatha, Sharpeville, Munsieville, Tembisa, and possibly the Side by Side Christian Academy, which is a faith-based Early Childhood Development NPO. Likely there are others.
Clinic Operation Will Require a Qualified Management Entity
This entity could be some existing NPO, Sedibeng District Health Services, an entity formed by SAMA, an organization like World Vision, or some other combination that could be formed. Management will not be done by Side by Side.
Discussions are underway with both SAMA and the Sedibeng District. Both have an interest in pursuing this further and have begun that process with us. We have reached several mobile unit manufacturers and located several possible such units for consideration. If successful this could be one of the most significant projects Side by Side has undertaken during its 17 years of work in South Africa.