We are dedicated to promoting women’s health and well-being within underserved communities. In this report, we highlight the recent clinics and events held during April and May, showcasing our efforts to provide comprehensive healthcare services and empower women through education and awareness.
Mom and Baby Clinic in Kensington:
On April 22nd, we organised a Mom and Baby clinic in Kensington, where we treated 21 women and performed 6 pap smears. This clinic marked implementing the red cap system, which received positive feedback from participants. Although data limitations prevented using tablets, we successfully streamlined the screening process by incorporating it into consultations. Our mobile units were stocked with essential equipment, ensuring efficient and effective healthcare delivery.
Health Promotion and Education:
In April, we held a subcommittee meeting to discuss ongoing initiatives and launched a Health Promotion WhatsApp group. This platform allows us to share biweekly content on various topics, including family planning and mindfulness, fostering health literacy within the community. Furthermore, we conducted a joint workshop with the Cora Project at Angel Community Outreach, educating 43 girls about menstruation and sexual health.
Expansion of Clinics:
In May, we continued our efforts with two more Mom and Baby clinics, treating approximately 20 patients in Hout Bay and 44 patients in Kensington. The stocking of consumables in our mobile units proved effective, ensuring uninterrupted care. Additionally, our Women’s Health clinic in Kensington on May 13th was highly successful, with 25 patients treated and 11 pap smears performed.
Collaborations and Awareness:
We maintained our collaboration with the Cora Project, organising informative sessions on infertility, miscarriage, and termination of pregnancy and hosting an online talk on menopause. We also conducted a SWEAT Sensitisation workshop on May 31st in preparation for the upcoming SWEAT Clinic, further addressing women’s health needs and promoting awareness.
Future Plans and Allocation of Resources:
We allocated funds for travel expenses and utilised them partially in February and May, with the remaining amount earmarked for future clinics. Looking ahead, we have scheduled the SWEAT Clinic for June 3rd, continuing our commitment to providing essential healthcare services to women in need.
The Women’s Health initiatives carried out by SHAWCO Health have significantly impacted the lives of countless women in underserved communities. Through our clinics, educational workshops, and collaborative efforts, we strive to empower women, promote awareness, and provide comprehensive healthcare services. We remain dedicated to advancing women’s health and well-being as we move forward, working towards a healthier and more equitable future.
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