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SHAWCO Profile Page
SHAWCO

About the Clinic

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University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Students' Health And Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) in Cape Town, South Africa
Primary Health Care
The weekly evening clinics (6pm until 11pm) go out to the following sites:

Monday: Newrest (in Gugulethu) and Simthandile (in Khayelitsha)
Tuesday: Masiphumelele (in Noordhoek) and Brown’s Farm (in Nyanga)
Wednesday: Joe Slovo (in Milnerton) and Zibonele (in Khayelitsha)

The Paediatric clinics run every 2 weeks on Saturday morning (from 9am until 3pm) alternating between Imizamo Yethu (an informal settlement in Hout Bay) and Du Noon, with the Wednesday morning (8am until 1pm) paediatric screening clinic being nomadic.
These clinics often serve as the only port-of-call for community members who work during the day, or who cannot make the trip to the neighbouring day hospital.
We provide a primary health care service, treating conditions such as diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, muscular-skeletal ailments and other non-specialty disease. We provide holistic management which includes the wonderful care provided by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics and audiology students who have great dedication to helping provide an appropriate service to the community. Our pharmacy, operated by nurses with dispensing licenses, supplies free primary healthcare medication to patients. We also offer screening services: HIV testing, Pap smear testing, diabetes screening, hypertension screening, Tuberculosis screening etc
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Medical
Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy
Dietetics
Speech Therapy
Audiology
Legal Aid
Waiting room education programs (focusing on major healthcare issues affecting our society: HIV, Tuberculosis, nutrition, diarrhoea, sexually transmitted diseases/infections...).

We also run several educational/screening campaigns: HIV testing, Pap smear testing, diabetes screening, hypertension screening, Tuberculosis screening etc
Minimum:
4 Senior medical students (1 per exam room) - but usually we have up to 20 volunteer students manning up to 8 exam rooms.
1 Volunteer physician
1 Occupational Health Nurse to dispense medication
Students (800+ volunteers per year): Advertising to Medical school classes. Via Facebook (SHAWCO Health Facebook groups). Bulk SMS service. Email to all Medical school students. Posters

Physicians: Advertising in local print media, posters at health facilities, presentations at conferences, telephonic
Aproximately R1,67 Million = $250,000 per annum. Money is obtained through Corporate Social Investment from large corporations and donations from private individuals.
Since 1943 SHAWCO, the Student’s Health And Welfare Centres Organisation, has developed a reputation of delivering quality primary health care in under-resourced communities. SHAWCO is a University of Cape Town student-run, non-profit community outreach organisation. It relies on over 100 volunteer doctors, and 800 medical and allied health science students in all years of study to ensure that these clinics continue to be delivered to over 5000 patients per year.

SHAWCO Health co-ordinates six clinics which operate at night on a weekly basis in various Cape Town communities, and paediatric clinics every second Saturday morning. In 2009, SHAWCO introduced a Wednesday morning paediatric screening clinic, run in conjunction with the School of Child and Adolescent Health at UCT, City Health and Environmental Health.

These clinics often serve as the only port-of-call for community members who work during the day, or who cannot make the trip to the neighbouring day hospital. The clinics either operate from permanent health facilities or from SHAWCO Health’s three, fully-equipped mobile clinics.


During clinics, patients are seen by medical students under the supervision of a qualified volunteer, or locum, doctor who oversees the proceedings, verifies diagnoses and provides advice. Clinical year students (4th to 6th MBCHB) are responsible for clerking, examination, treatment and health promotional education of patients, while guiding and teaching pre-clinical students who observe and examine patients under guidance. This fulfils another major role of the clinics – providing education and experience to future doctors and instilling a passion for primary health care. The students who volunteer for SHAWCO clinics say that they are better prepared to deal with the challenges of their community service year and are more likely to stay on in South Africa thereafter.

We provide a primary health care service, treating conditions such as diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, muscular-skeletal ailments and other non-specialty disease. We provide holistic management which includes the wonderful care provided by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics and audiology students who have great dedication to helping provide an appropriate service to the community. Our pharmacy, operated by nurses with dispensing licenses, supplies free primary healthcare medication to patients. When we are confronted with a patient requiring a higher level of care or a patient for whom we do not have the facilities to treat, we refer them to the local day hospital or secondary hospital. Students work very closely with community health workers within the community. These community health workers contribute to decisions made concerning the various clinics and help educate patients around specific health issues.

Some Statistics for SHAWCO Health:

Year Clinics Volunteers Patients
2010 248 819 5488
2009 180 557 4806
2008 160 477 4208
2007 134 Not recorded 3596


For more information:
Website: www.shawco.org
Email: health@shawco.org
Wikipedia: wikipedia.org/wiki/SHAWCO
Photo Gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/shawco-health

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