The Health Foundation facilitates Greater Tygerberg Partnership Health Forum
The Health Foundation was requested to facilitate the second meeting of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership’s Health Forum, an initiative of the GTP which focuses on facilitating health innovation and integration in the Greater Tygerberg region.
About 30 members of the private, public, academic and civil society sectors were in attendance. With many healthcare role-players active in this region of the Cape Town Metro, there is exciting potential to co-create innovative forms of integrated action for healthcare in this geographical area.
The aim of this meeting was for participants to help identify the ideal focus and format of future Health Forum meetings, thus calling for an out-the-box interactive approach. With many years’ experience in facilitation, The Health Foundation’s CEO Jenni van Niekerk guided the participants through a 2-hour participative process designed to achieve the intended aim.
After an overview of the GTP and of The Health Foundation, a speed-dating-style Intro Buzz warmed up the participants and generated insights into the composition of the Tygerberg healthcare community.
Using World Café methodology, three interactive rounds of conversation followed, with participants switching tables each time to deepen engagement. These conversations progressively explored the questions: What does the Tygerberg Health community need? How could this Health Forum address these needs? What should be the key objectives of the Health Forum?
Finally a fun, live poll was conducted via the Internet using participants’ smartphones to survey the preferred format of the Forum. The session was concluded by feeding back 8 themes that emerged from the discussions as practical action topics to tackle in future meetings of the Forum.
The Health Foundation looks forward to further collaboration with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership to support existing role-players to collectively apply their resources in aid of improved healthcare experiences for people in this region.
Workshop facilitation forms part of The Health Foundation’s contribution to strategy support and is also a form of income generation for our organisation. Contact Us for your strategy support needs.
World Health Summit 2015: report from The Health Foundation’s CEO
Greetings! I was fortunate to be one of 1500 delegates at the World Health Summit, held in Berlin in October 2015. From grassroots civil society groups to regional policy makers, private companies and global philanthropists, to health ministers and academics of all disciplines: all were there with the common interest: to sustainably and equitably advance the health prospects of our world’s citizens.
With the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted, and health pervading the whole map of goals and targets, the key messages were clear: Health is a precious global good and a matter of human rights. There can be no development without health. Health is everybody’s business, and it will take a whole of society approach and effective partnerships to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ (SDG3).
With lessons shared from disease epidemics around the world – whether ebola, non-communicable diseases or the horrific health impact of sexual violence – fundamental to building healthy nations is building healthy, resilient health systems.
Achieving this will also require increasing domestic financing, innovative public-private-civil society partnerships, and the growth of health as an economic sector in itself. The value of any health investment, as proposed in one of the sessions, needs to be supported by the health outcomes achieved.
It is within these themes that The Health Foundation upholds the importance of investing in and caring about health. We are passionate about our role in sourcing alternative financing for health for the purpose of strengthening our public health system in South Africa, starting in the Western Cape. Visit the WHS2015 website to discover more
German-African Healthcare Symposium, October 2016
Following the World Health Summit, Jenni and board member Japie du Toit participated in the 2nd German-African Healthcare Symposium, which brought together German healthcare businesses with African healthcare stakeholders. Invited by the German Healthcare Partnership, Jenni spoke on a panel about the long-term development of the healthcare sector in Africa. Asked to offer her perspective on considerations for German companies doing business in Africa, her message was as follows:
German companies have much to offer Africa – their commitment to excellence, high quality technological innovation, and a strong human rights ethic that supports the need for responsible business. She argued that companies can gain competitive advantage by contributing to local economic and social development through local partnerships, job creation and corporate philanthropy. She emphasised that Africa is innovative and resourceful, and not all about problems. Through sensitivity to each unique local context, German companies’ contributions can be made more appropriate and likely to succeed than solutions developed in Europe and imposed. With South Africa already attractive to many German healthcare suppliers, The Health Foundation looks forward to building on the positive relationships established at this event.
From left: Kelly Fortune (WCGH), Michael Valentine (WCGH), Prominent Choto (The Health Foundation), and Silibaziso Magwali (The Health Foundation)
Design Lab 2: Game Changers for tackling Alcohol-related Harms
The Health Foundation was invited again by the Department of the Premier to facilitate the second Design Lab to further develop game changing levers to tackle the challenge of alcohol-related harms in the Western Cape. In this workshop, expert teams were supported to finalise the levers, articulate a theory of change and action plans, and present to high level political leadership.
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The Health Foundation facilitates Design Lab 1 for tackling Alcohol HarmsApril 2015
The Health Foundation recently facilitated a participatory workshop as part of the Western Cape Provincial Government's process of developing game changers to tackle alcohol-related harms.
Dischem contributes to the dental health of children in the Western Cape
The Dischem Foundation donated over 800 dental packs to be distributed in the Metro School Wellness mobile. The dental packs which include a toothbrush and toothpaste are a welcome contribution to improve the dental welfare of school-going children in the Western Cape where statistics have shown that over 70% of the school going children require dental care/work of relative sorts.
Jenni van Niekerk (nee Kruger) and Liba Magwali accepting Dischem donated dental packs.
Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer
The Health Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Jenni van Niekerk (nee Kruger) as its new Chief Executive Officer. With more than 10 years of experience in the fields of development, consulting and collaborating with a range of stakeholders across public, private, academic and non-profit sectors, Jenni brings with her a wealth of management and leadership expertise, a proven track record of success and a passion for making a profound social impact.
Focus on Eye Care
Representatives from The Health Foundation, Orbis Africa, Cybersight and Business Development met at the Eerste River Eye Clinic theatre. Dr van der Merwe showcased their two bed operating system. The Eye Clinic has become pivotal in assisting to reduce the cataract surgery waiting list in the Western Cape.
Victoria Hospital Paediatric Unit receives small gift
Representatives from The Health Foundation and Business Development Unit recently visited the Paediatric Unit of Victoria Hospital. There they handed over the prize money for Best Batho Pele Team to the Paediatric Unit which is currently raising coffers for their Milk Fund.
Handing over the cheque to the Paediatric Unit at Victoria Hospital.
Improving aesthetic appearance of health facilities
The Department of Health has expressed an urgency to improve the aesthetic appeal of facility entrances and improve the patients' experience. The pilot sites are Brooklyn Chest (TB), New Somerset Hospital, Clanwilliam Hospital and Green Point (CHC).
From L to R: Michael Manning, Richard Burzelman, Dr Paul Spiller and Prominent Choto at the entrance to the Brooklyn Chest Hospital.
From L to R: Michael Manning, Dr Donna Stokes, and Prominent Choto in front of a damaged wall at New Somerset Hospital
The Health Foundation partners with the Embassy of Japan
The Health Foundation has recently met with the Embassy of Japan which runs a programme to assist Non Profit Organisations by supporting relatively small development projects which have a direct and immediate impact on the well-being of disadvantaged communities at grass roots level. We look forward to investigating and pursuing fruitful engagements around this in order to better the well-being of communities in the Western Cape.
Appointment of new Western Cape Minister of Health
The Western Cape Health Foundation would like to congratulate Dr Nomafrench Mbombo (former Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport) on her new appointment as the Western Cape Minister of Health. We wish the Minister all the best in her new portfolio.
Grabouw Health Care
A meeting was held to discuss the health needs of the Grabouw community together with DOH District representatives and a local NPO - Thembalitsha.
The goal is to collaborate and assist each other to ultimately benefit the patients and citizens of Grabouw. A project plan in this regard is currently being drafted.
Health Foundation met with representatives from CDC and USAID
The BDU together with The Health Foundation met with representatives from CDC and USAID to explore possible opportunities in terms of technical support and training for HIV related initiatives.
Site visits were conducted at current WCDOH Wellness Centre partners including Dis-chem, Metropolitan Health and Owethu Clinic in Stellenbosch. We hope to resume discussions after these introductory sessions in 2015.
Stellenbosch Hospital Emergency Centre
Michael Manning and Numaan Mohammed visited the Stellenbosch Hospital Emergency Centre for which the upgrade plans are currently being finalised.
From L to R: Numaan Mohammed and Michael Manning (Health Foundation).
The Joint Care Trust donates prostheses to patients in the Western Cape
The Health Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with the Joint Care Trust which has recently donated 80 prostheses to be implanted to selected patients from the Arthroplasty programme in the Western Cape. The Trust has also committed to providing supportive services during the implementation of these prostheses.
Due to budgetary constraints, it is often challenging to effectively address the long waiting lists for the public sector orthopaedic surgical management and perform the much needed respective elective procedures. The Joint Care Trust was set up to assist the Western Cape Department of Health Arthroplasty waiting list.
The Health Foundation which acts as a conduit for such donations would like to encourage other public, private and non-governmental organisations to come on board and take a new leap towards improving the lives of people in the Western Cape who are in need of prostheses and other related donations.
From L to R: Ms Silibaziso Magwali (Health Foundation), Ms Chrizelle Nelson (Dept of Health: Business Development Unit), Dr Nick Martin (Cape Joint Surgery), Ms Prominent Choto (Health Foundation), Dr Deon Engela (Cape Joint Surgery), Mr Michael Manning (Health Foundation)
The Health Foundation meets the National Minister of Health: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
It was a very exciting day today as the CEO of The Health Foundation: Mr Michael Manning met up with the National Minister of Health: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and his office. The National Health Ministry Office is very interested in seeing the projects which the Foundation has embarked on and is especially keen to learn where the best practices could be potentially explored in order to duplicate the successes.
It is such interactions and engagements amongst others that we aim to build and foster in order to spur the Foundation and indeed its causes forward.
Mr Michael Manning and National Minister of Health: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
Paving the way forward
The Health Foundation today met with the MEC of Health: Mr Theuns Botha and his office to discuss the progresses and future plans of the Foundation. Working together with the Department we aim to enhance the health care experiences and services that are accessed by 80% of the Western Cape's people.
(From L to R) Mr Mandla Moyo (Chairman: Health Foundation), Mr Theuns Botha (Health MEC), Mr Michael Manning (CEO: Health Foundation) and Ms Mandi Bell (Dep Director: Business Development)
The Health Foundation Board meeting
The Health Foundation recently held its last Board meeting for the year 2014 at the Liberty Life Building in Century City. We look forward to reaching even greater milestones in the coming year.
Some of the members of the Board with the staff members.
Pick n Pay meets the School Wellness Mobiles
In line with building and fostering strategic partnerships, The Health Foundation recently visited the Pick n Pay Head Office with the School Mobile Wellness vehicle in order to investigate possible opportunities for partnerships and engagements.
The Health Foundation is committed to meeting more companies and parties as there is plenty of potential for partnerships and engagements on this service and others.
The School Mobile Wellness vehicle in front of the Pick n Pay Head Office building.
Suzanne Ackerman (Director: Pick n Pay) with Michael Manning (CEO: The Health Foundation) stand outside the bus with a young learner.
World Prematurity Day celebrated in the Western Cape
The Health Foundation celebrates with the Groote Schuur Newborns Trust over milestones reached leading to and during the recent World Prematurity Day.
The Wear Purple for Preemies campaign though still relatively new was well received by most people and organisations who heard about it. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who heeded to The Health Foundation's fundraising and awareness call towards this worthy cause.
Macalyn (Business Development), Liba (Health Foundation), Julie (Newborns Trust) and Mandi (Business Development) share some cheer after the Knit-a-thon event held at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Ladies in purple; Macalyn (Business Development) and Liba (Health Foundation) .
Part of the Western Cape Government, Cape Winelands district municipality staff who participated in the Wear Purple for Preemies campaign.
Purple all the way .
Not to be left out…..kiddies also supported the preemies.
The Health Foundation partners with reputable ophthalmological organisations to build motion for improved eye health
The Health Foundation is committed to supporting Orbis Africa, the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) in a bid to drive momentum for improved eye health in South Africa. Many role players in improving eye health met recently at a function where His Excellency Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, former president of South Africa, was inaugurated as International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Ambassador for Vision 2020: Sub Saharan Africa. The event was hosted jointly by Orbis Africa and OSSA at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg.
The Health Foundation is currently in support of a number of initiatives to improve eye health which includes the fundraising for the provision of spectacles for school children identified to be having visual impairments through the screening done on School Wellness Mobiles in the Western Cape. We are also involved in initiatives with the Radiance Foundation to reduce the high volumes of cataract surgery required in the province.
These efforts collaboratively with other ones from Orbis Africa, OSSA and ICO show that indeed the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness especially in children by 2020 can be realised.
The leading role players in improving eye healthcare pictured with the new ICO Ambassador Mr Kgalema Motlanthe after his appointment are (L to R) Joanne Rowland (Orbis Africa), Dr Kgao Legodi (President of OSSA and member of ICO Board of Trustees), Merinda Moodie (CEO of OSSA) and Michael Manning (CEO of The Health Foundation).
Miss Mandi Bell of the Western Cape Government: Health and Mr Michael Manning of The Health Foundation share a light moment with the new ICO Ambassador Mr Kgalema Motlanthe.
The Arthroplasty Week draws nearer
In order to address the increasing demand for arthroplasty surgery, the Orthopedics department at Tygerberg Hospital has arranged a full week of arthroplasty related activities from the 17th to the 21st of November 2014.
During this period, they aim to review over 500 patients that are on the waiting list for Arthroplasty surgery at Tygerberg Hospital. The also aim to condense the old, handwritten waiting list, to the modern electronic central waiting list that has been created by the Department of Health, Western Cape. The week will also be utilized to do surveys and research collection by a few parties.
The programme for the week will include the following;
1. Arthroplasty Clinic
2. Arthroplasty Theatre - joint replacements
3. Educational Group sessions
The Health Foundation would like to invite joint manufacturers, supplier companies, physio-therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and nursing staff to contribute towards the success of this program.
The Cape Winelands region receives its school mobile wellness service vehicle
Following the launch of the mobile for the Overberg region, Minister Theuns Botha proceeded to the Cape Winelands where he launched another vehicle to service that region at Alfons Primary School.
The vehicle which is spearheaded to initially serve Quintile 1 and 2 schools (these are schools identified by the education department to have children who are least resourced) was graciously received by the locals. Branding opportunities are also available on this mobile.
Prominent Choto with a young Jason at the Optometry Unit.
Liba Magwali chats to the excited Jason about his experience on the colourful bus.
Learners loved the dinosaur shaped chair at the Dental Unit.
The colourful exterior with child-friendly themes provides a relaxing environment for the learners.
Students watch educative material on the screen as they wait to be seen to by the Health practitioners.
A nurse educates the children on health issues in a fun and interactive way.
Launch of the school mobile wellness vehicle service for the Overberg region
The Overberg region recently welcomed its new state of the art school wellness mobile vehicle during the official launch of the service at Umyezo Wama Apile Primary School on the 28th of October 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Miss Mandi Bell from the Business Development directorate of the Department of Health, emphasised that such a milestone could only be reached through the collaboration of several parties which in this case included the provincial departments of Health and Education, Medical Research Council, Mobile Satellite Technologies and The Health Foundation amongst others.
Present at the launch also was Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha who voiced the impact that these vehicles would have in improving the children's health outcomes. Branding opportunities are still available on the mobiles and The Health Foundation would like to invite commercial parties and businesses who would like to partner in such aspects to come forward in order to investigate the available prospects.
Western Cape Minister, Theuns Botha observes as a dental hygienist screens a learner.
Western Cape Minister, Theuns Botha addresses the delegates at the launch.
Ms Mandi Bell shares the background of the Mobile Wellness Schools Health service .
Ms Michelle Williams speaks on how the service will integrate with the existing School Health policy.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation collaborates with The Health Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has recently joined forces with The Health Foundation to collaborate on incentivising people of the Western Cape to make use of the Wellness Centres.
Increasing wellness is a vital strategic objective of the province. Wellness Centres play a pivotal role in increasing wellness by providing the best platform where people can access information about their basic current health status and how best they can make lifestyle changes for the betterment of their health.
We look forward to working together to make the Western Cape a "Well Province".
L to R, Mr Michael Manning (CEO of The Health Foundation), Dr Vash Mungal-Singh (CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation) and Liba Magwali (Health Foundation).
Leaps in the preparation for the Stellenbosch Hospital upgrades
One of the priority projects that The Health Foundation is involved with is the Stellenbosch Hospital upgrades. We recently visited the facility to discuss the needs and progress that has been made so far with regards to the preparations for the upgrade.
The total project works is R24 million. Though about 50% of the amount has been set aside by the provincial government to facilitate the upgrades, there is still need for corporate and individual funding for the other 50% to ensure that the hospital gets the required facelift in order to fully improve its services more efficiently.
Follow this link for more information about this project.
The current entrance to the hospital which also serves as the entrance for Emergency Centre patients.
One of the areas requiring upgrades.
Dr Japie du Toit (Deputy Chairperson of THF) Dr Richard Davids (CEO of Stellenbosch Hospital) Ms Mandi Bell ( Business Development) and Liba Magwali (The Health Foundation).
Dr Japie du Toit (Deputy Chairperson of THF) Dr Richard Davids (CEO of Stellenbosch Hospital) Mr Michael Manning (CEO of THF) and Liba Magwali (The Health Foundation).
Current buildings providing support services.
Another view of where the patient files are kept.
Hirsch's Appliances comes to the warehousing rescue
Hirsch's Appliances in Milnerton has recently partnered with The Health Foundation. They have offered to warehouse and store the donations received by the Foundation. The Health Foundation is very grateful to Hirsch's for this offer which alleviates the warehousing of goods and equipment challenge that we had previously faced.
Hirsch's recently treated The Health Foundation and the Business Development Unit to a special breakfast using some of the state of the art equipment that they sell.
Spectacles and dental packs donations
The Health Foundation is officially launched by Premier Helen Zille
Over a hundred Western Cape business and health industry players gathered at the Woodmill Office Park in Stellenbosch yesterday (4 February 2013) to celebrate the official launch of The Health Foundation.
Zille praises public-private healthcare initiative
Speaking at its official launch in Stellenbosch today (4 February 2013), Western Cape Premier Helen Zille praised the initiative of The Health Foundation. The Health Foundation was formed to assist in ensuring better access to quality health care in the face of infinite demand in the province through the leveraging of public-private partnerships.
Financial Mail article by Claire Bisseker
Western Cape MEC for health Theunis Botha, frustrated by a health budget that is failing to keep up with population growth, has devised a novel solution: partner with the private sector to create a not-for-profit foundation to raise resources purely for public health care.
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Health foundation launch
This was said by head of the health department in the province Craig Househam during the opening of the Western Cape Health Foundation in Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town, yesterday.
Minister Botha to Officially Announce the Western Cape Health Foundation
The Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, will make an official announcement about the newly established health foundation for the province at the quarterly meeting of the Public Private Health Forum on 24 May 2012.
Health department launches health foundation
The Western Cape Health Department today launched the Western Cape Health Foundation. MEC of Health Theuns Botha today said that the Western Cape Government’s Health Care 2020 vision is patient-driven.
Western Cape Health Foundation Shows the Province is Seeking Solutions
The establishment of the Western Cape Health Foundation is a bold step into the territory of fundraising, the provincial Health Minister, Theuns Botha, said on 24 May when officially announcing the foundation. He was speaking at a meeting of the Public Private Health Forum attended by businessmen representing the corporate sector. Read more...
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