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Office of the Dean - Health Sciences: Community-based Education (CBE)

Committed to societal engagementHealth services for rural communities

 

The University of the Free State is strongly committed to societal engagement and to strengthen the fabric of the community it exists to serve. As part of this commitment, the University and the Faculty of Health Sciences have developed a concerted focus on the academic excellence in the health sciences domain, with the fundamental goal of improving the environment in which undergraduates and postgraduates can obtain knowledge and improve their clinical skills and provide a vehicle to serve the needs of the community.

Alignment with UFS strategic intent

 

The vision of the project is to be recognized in South Africa (and eventually internationally) for the development of a sustainable community-centered collaborative framework, which may serve as a blueprint for other tertiary health science institutions.

The FHS Service project for Rural Communities is also distinctively aligned with the strategic intentions of the University, by enhancing the standard of undergraduate and postgraduate training and skills development.

It is imperative that the working committee of this project is driven by expertise, to advance excellence in the areas of research, teaching and public service.

A major component of this project is to be able to promote innovation, distinctiveness and leadership amongst students, facilitators, community leaders and teachers in academic, as well as human pursuits.

This initiative will generate transparent opportunities for lifelong learning for academic staff, especially in the healthcare sector.

The integrity of this project will be based on the five core values as underwritten by the University of the Free State,

  • Superior Scholarship
  • Human Embrace
  • Institutional Distinctiveness
  • Emergent Leadership
  • Public Service
Goal of the FHS CBE project

 

To develop a community-centered collaborative framework sustainable, holistic healthcare and social development incorporated in the curricula of the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Objectives

 

  • Community: To develop equitable inclusive partnerships with diverse stakeholders eliciting social empathy that leads to social responsiveness and social justice.
  • Curriculum: To generate an extended collaborative practice curriculum for both under- and post-graduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Centre: To establish an academic centre of excellence that will facilitate flourishing praxis and research opportunities.

‘Kopanang le fodise – United to heal’Location2

 

‘Kopanang le fodise – United to heal’ is the motto for this project to the Southern Free State.

Since the initial pilot project, Ho Rutana ‘learn together’,  in 2015 in the rural Xhariep district, a more holistic approach to Community Based Education (CBE) in the form of Inter-professional Education (IPE) is used by the Faculty’s three Schools (Nursing, Allied Health Sciences and Medicine). As from February 2016 fourth-year students in the Faculty’s undergraduate programmes have been placed to experience collaboration and the realities of rural health care.

All fourth-year students of the Faculty of Health Sciences will each spend at least a week in inter-professional groups in primary healthcare facilities in the Kopanong municipality of the Xariep district on a CBE-IPE platform in Trompsburg and Springfontein. During these rotations, the teams are firstly orientated and the activities of the week are discussed.  Students interact with the community in different areas including schools and local clinics doing health screenings and addressing health promotion issues.  Students do home visits and are involved in the screening and management of community members with chronic conditions.  Clusters of the successive groups will be linked with each other through follow-up meetings mentored by the same facilitators. These groups follow-up the chronic patients and learners seen by the previous groups and will continue and expand health promotion projects initiated by their predecessors.

Though the original intent was improvement of community health, some of the community needs established during the stakeholder work sessions, create awareness of a variety of other issues, including social problems.  This feedback, as well as feedback from students on the platform has broaden the project’s originally intended objectives and as a result involved other university departments such as Social Work, Agriculture and Education as well as the related government departments which will eventually form part of a holistic collaboration.

With the establishment of the new ‘Kopanang le fodise – united to heal’ project in 2016 the Faculty’s involvement in the southern Free State aligns well with the Primary Healthcare (PHC) Re-engineering strategy of National Department of Health (NDoH).  The project therefore is a timely and useful tool for improving health outcomes and furthering the intentions behind NHI. The National Department of Health (NDoH) adopted a three-stream approach for implementing the strategy:

  1. Creating a Ward-based Outreach Team (WBOT) for each electoral ward;
  2. Strengthening the School Health Services; and
  3. Establishing District-based Clinical Specialist Teams (DCSTs) (Health Systems Trust 2016: Online)
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  • Benefits of CBE-IPE platform
  • Trompsburg Residence and personnel
  • Partnerships And Beneficiaries
  • Awards
  • Research Opportunities

Residence
Trompsburg residence

Facilities
Trompsburg facilities

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CBE-IPE in action

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Stakeholder engagement

 

Contact Details:

 

CBE Office

 

Faculty Coordinator For Cbe And Rural Health: Dr (RW) René Botha
Senior Assistant Officer Cbe And Rural Health: Mr (O) Olebogeng Mpuru


Faculty CBE Coordinators

 

Cbe Coordinator: School Of Allied Health Professions: Miss (H) Heidi Morgan
Cbe Coordinator: School Of Medicine: Dr (JP) Joleen Cairncross
Cbe Coordinator: School Of Nursing: Prof (A) Annemarie Joubert
Cbe Coordinator: Community Health: Dr (DT) Dirk Hagemeister
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