1000 Hills Clinic, South Africa

The 1000 Hill Community Helpers Clinic is dedicated to providing compassionate service to the people of The Valley of 1000 Hills, South Africa. They seek to improve the lives of children and adults infected and affected by chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Cancer, Arthritis, and Hypertension through community and home based primary health care clinics, nutritional feeding programs, counseling and support groups.

Medical Issues

The Founder of this clinic, Dawn Leppan, describes the current needs of the 1000 Hills community as follows: "People come to our clinic because government clinics are too far for them to travel. There is only one government sponsored clinic for the entire surrounding area and we provide relief to them as they are short staffed. Many patients come to us in need of medication for illnesses such as TB, HIV/AIDs, Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis and general minor illnesses such as burns and wounds. Sister Dlamini and her team also help those suffering from cancer within the white community."

The Staffing and Schedule

The 1000 Hills Community Helpers clinic now runs five days a week and is overseen by Sister Dlamini, a nursing sister with 20 years experience in primary healthcare, managing as Sister in Charge. Monday and Wednesday they provide medical care for the elderly as well as engaging them in a day of crafts and they are given breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, they conduct a baby nutritional clinic where Sister and volunteer care givers encourage breast feeding and new mums are taught how to care for their new born babies. Family Planning classes are also provided to help with the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. Thursdays are dedicated to an open clinic and with the help of 4 nursing sisters, 2 pharmacists, and professor Mickle, they provide assistance to those in need of medical attention. Fridays are used to run a HIV/AIDs support clinic with counseling for men and women.

Geography

The 1000 Hills Community Helpers Clinic is located in the community of Inchanga situated in the Valley of 1000 Hills, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal, often referred to as "KZN", is a province of South Africa. Prior to 1994, the territory now known as KwaZulu-Natal was made up of the province of Natal and all pieces of territory that made up the homeland of the Zulu people. The clinic is situated in the central region called the Natal Midlands, and area comprised of an undulating hilly plateau rising towards the west. To the East is the Indian Ocean. The clinic is approximately 40 minutes by car west of Durban, South Africa.

Culture

When the homeland of KwaZulu, (which means "Place of the Zulu") was re-incorporated into the Natal province after the end of Apartheid in 1994, the province of Natal which had existed between 1910 and 1994 was renamed KwaZulu-Natal. The province is home to the Zulu monarchy, and the majority population and language of the province is Zulu. It is also the only province in South Africa which includes the name of its dominant ethnic group in its name.