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Witkoppen Clinic: A Good Hospital

Decision

They built a hospital. The name of the hospital is Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre.

Where?: Johannesburg.
When?: 1946.
Who?: Three nurses built the hospital. The manager is doctor Jean Bassett.
Why?: The hospital serves the region.
They do HIV tests and TB tests.
They heal chronic sickness and mental sickness.

Result
The hospital sees 8500 people every month.
Adults pay R70.
Children pay R50.
Old people and disabled people pay nothing.

2010 Information
30% were immigrants.
46% were unemployed.
The normal income was R1700.

Local Area: Region A of the City of Johannesburg

Decision: Establishing Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre (NPO)

Date of Decision: 1946

Decision Maker: Originally created by 3 local nurses. Current Executive Director: Dr Jean Bassett.

Target Group: Diepsloot, Kyasands and Lion Park informal settlements

Reason for Decision:

The clinic was established to provide healthcare and welfare services mainly to residents of informal settlements in the north of Johannesburg, who otherwise do not have access to these facilities. Initially, it was registered as a feeding scheme but formally became a welfare organisation in 1995.

Are the Outcomes Equitable / Are Outcomes Being Met:

Yes. The clinic sees, on average, 8 500 patients a month. Essential services include HIV and TB screening, testing, treatment and support; screening and treatment of chronic medical conditions; mental health services; a maternity and baby clinic and a men’s health clinic. The clinic has also established three community-based satellite sites in the informal settlements of Msawawa, Thabo Mbeki and Diepsloot. The first visit is free and each following visit is R70 for adults, R50 for children and free for pensioners and those with disabilities (tests and medication included).

A 2010 survey showed:

30% of patients were immigrants
46% were unemployed
The median monthly household income was R 1 700.

Suggested Improvements:

The clinic is well established, and appears to provide quality medical care without discrimination. However, it remains an area of concern by staff at the clinic, as well as those surveyed, that the nearest government hospital to the informal settlements located in region A (such as Diepsloot) is at least 30km away. The clinic does not have the facilities to perform procedures, to overnight patients or to assist in childbirth. A government hospital should be located within area A to provide access to these services.

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