Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Primary care
SummaryOwethu is a rural primary healthcare clinic deployed in rural communities. These mobile structures provide state of the art facilities and equipment funded by the Cipla Foundation. A range of healthcare services are provided in partnership with NGO's to serve poor communities at low cost.
Owethu Clinics are situated in rural communities, each clinic provides primary care services that would otherwise be out of reach for patients situated in remote areas such as farms and travelling to healthcare facilities adds the burden of extra costs for them. These facilities have the capacity to serve over 3000 patients with a range of services that are preventative and treat certain illnesses.The CIPLA foundation model is multifacated not only offering health services in one area but partners with communities and NGO's to bring services to the people who need them most. These facilties are located in farms and Owethu has partnered with farm owners to contribute through partial funding of membership for farm workers.
Key program components
Services on offer
The clinics are separated into different modular pods with medical equipment and surgical instruments needed. Each of the pods are designed to provide a specific range of services. Each clinic runs on a Primary healthcare management system and according to strict medical protocols. The system also builds and maintains medical records for each patient treatment as well as runs a preventative wellness program for each patient.
The medical pod offers the following services:
- CNP Nurse room
- Dental surgery
- Doctors surgery
- Consulting room
- Medicine room/Pharmacy
- Fully air-conditioned
In addition to primary care, Owethu clincs are designed to offer the following services:
- HIV testing and counselling Drug testing
- Smoking advice
- Sexual health information Healthy eating and nutrition advice
- Female contraceptives and family planning advice and counselling Immunisation programme for babies and children
- Male contraceptives Basic illness medication
- Ante-natal advice and support Health and Safety at work advice
- Post-natal advice and support, breastfeeding, stimulation of babies, development of babies Prevention of accidents in the home / road safety advice
- TB information and testing De-worming for children and adults
- Substance Abuse counselling Dental care
- Sight and hearing screening First Aid Training
- Oncology screening Multivitamin distribution
- Training facility, library and IT stations Asthma testing
- Mental health
Each unit offers services to a specific community, each of the patients are given a card to gain access to the facilties and their records are kept and recorded in each facility using these unique cards.
- CIPLA FoundationNot-for-profit