As Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre forms part of the Department of Health network, providing Primary Health Care services, we receive some funding from the Department of Health, particularly in the form of laboratory tests, drugs and pharmacy supplies.
Our HIV/AIDS and TB programs are primarily funded by the American President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This programme, which is entitled: “Innovative Approaches to Integrated Primary Health Care for Marginalized, at-Risk Populations in Informal Settlements in Urban South Africa”, includes:
- Interim primary care
- Capacity building to increase DOH service delivery in our catchment area with emphasis on Nurse Initiated and Managed Antiretroviral therapy (NIMART)
- Implementation of effective innovative approaches to integrated primary care for HIV and TB/HIV with specific focus on pediatric care, comprehensive elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) services over the spectrum from pre-pregnancy to maternal and infant care, intensified TB and HIV case finding at clinic and community level, and improving adherence and retention-in-care among children, adolescents and adults
- Informing the South African Government on integration of HIV/TB care into general Primary Health Care.
Witkoppen also has an additional grant from USAID through Right to Care for the provision of Technical Assistance to assist the DoH with capacity building, including training and mentoring of DoH-employed Pharmacy Assistants, and Quality Improvement projects in local DOH facilities.
However, we continue to source funding from the private and corporate sectors as a priority. Corporate Donors, Private Donors and Research Projects are current income sources through financial funding and in-kind donations. The needs of the community determine which projects are priorities and therefore those we try to support and for which we raise funds.
We partner with a variety of organisations:
- USAID, with our dedicated HIV and AIDS clinic.
- Right to Care, for capacity building.
- The Department of Health and the Department of Social Development.
- The National Institute of Health, the University of Witwatersrand and the University of North Carolina for research projects.
- The University of Pretoria provides free, same-day assessment, of audiology tests undertaken at Witkoppen through the use of a telemedicine service, and video-otoscopy findings are transmitted to the University of Pretoria or the University of Umea in Northern Sweden.
Public Private Partnerships include:
- Drs Bloch and Partners, Radiologists at Sandton Clinic, provide x-ray services for Witkoppen patients at a nominal charge.
- Netcare 911 and ER 24 provide medical transfer to hospital for our priority cases and Witkoppen provides practical training to their EMS students.
- Witkoppen provides on-site practical training for GEMS Nursing College trainee auxiliary nurses.