Khanya’s Community Health Project
campaign to oppose the Gauteng government’s privatisation of the Emergency Medical Services (ambulance). At the time the SA government and civil society were discussing the importance of primary healthcare, to keep people well and
While this struggle was lost, our health work was renewed with the community health workers (CHWs) since 2009. This continued the
struggle for quality public health and fair working conditions. At the time CHWs worked as volunteers earning a stipend. After a long peaceful struggle, the CHWs, (mostly women) became permanent employees of the Gauteng Health Department in 2020 and their salaries thripled to R8500. Since then, the Gauteng CHWs focus only on their own lives. However, Khanya is part of a
national network to make all 60 000 CHWs in the country permanent, as part of a quality public health.
Since 2022 the college is rebuilding its health work with communities, organisations and local activists towards a progressive health
Khanya chose to do a pilot project on health in Eldorado Park and Kliptown as we have worked with children and youth and PUSH for many years. (Push is an orphan and vulnerable centre.) The pilot focuses on the health needs of the communities, including children, youth and adults, and to understand the causes of their illnesses. The project will include a household health survey.
The project is designed to work in collaboration with local organisations, to raise awareness and empower the community, education
and training, and to build a movement where local organisations share, network and organise together. The findings of the survey and all learnings will be shared with the community organisations to strengthen their advocacy work. A popular booklet on the findings will
be published and shared with the community.