Unjani Clinic, a division of Imperial Health Sciences provides affordable, high quality primary healthcare to people in rural and hard-to-access areas. Using reconverted shipping containers, the clinics serve as on-site dispensaries, nursing stations and medical advice centres. For a greatly subsidised fee, patients can get access to their medicines, nursing care and advice on how to manage their conditions. This helps relieve the pressure on the public health system. Poor health, disease and disability prevent low-income communities in South Africa from working full time, thus limiting their income. Healthier people can contribute towards economic activity and growth and escape the poverty trap. This in turn enhances their dignity and self-esteem, which affects the whole family.
Angela Larkin was motivated to create a low-resource model that she believed could help orphans and vulnerable children affected by the HIV / Aids epidemic. But, when funding proved hard to secure she decided to start Thanda Afterschool herself. Five years later Thanda is still a successful initiative through Angela’s visionary, innovate and pioneering ideas. She has taken tremendous strides to decrease malnutrition and food insecurity amongst youth by initiating a Feeding Scheme that provides for over 350 children, agricultural programmes that encourage youth to start their own home gardens and community garden initiatives that help unemployed youth, adults and the elderly to earn an income. Thanda Afterschool also provides a safe, secure environment where kids can learn, take part in art and dance classes and receive counselling.
The Siyavuna Development Centre is an innovative agricultural programme developed to alleviate poverty by stimulating local agriculture in Kwazulu Natal. Its mission is to train and mentor organic farmers to develop successful agri-businesses, linking them to markets through the Kumnandi brand. Through this model, rural farmers grow organic produce – a valuable commodity in today’s market. The farmers then form part of a network where cash is circulated within their community 13 produce is collected and paid for at collection points. The co-operative then sells the produce to established markets in the first economy. The greatest benefit of this programme is that this is a highly effective model, which is easy to learn, replicate and implement, encouraging similar systems in similar areas.