PLETT WELLNESS

Building healthy communities

Promoting health & preventing illness in Bitou

In partnership with the Department of Health, the Plett Wellness Programme aims to promote health and wellness and prevent illness – building healthy, compassionate and responsible communities – through 5 interlinked programmes:

  • A mobile health screening, testing and referral service, assisting businesses with employee wellness;
  • A door-to-door household assessment, health screening, education and referral service;
  • Community outreach service to assist Primary Health Care (PHC) clinics to reach patients who can not access health care services  due to illness or disability;
  • Partnering with all health and welfare service providers in each area to maximise the reach of these service and collectively improve health outcomes in the region.
  • Counsellors in PHC facilities assisting with HIV and TB screening, and medication adherence counselling.

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Our Wellness Programmes

Mobile Health Screening

The mobile service provides screening and testing for chronic and preventable illnesses to the broader Bitou community and assist businesses with their employee wellness programmes.

We provide all screening and testing for free, with the aim to promote health and prevent illness. Educating the community about healthy living and illness prevention strategies is also a key part of the Plett Wellness Programme, which is why we incorporate a one-to-one and group educational sessions on preventable illnesses as part of our services.

Door-To-Door Service

Our 27 Community Health Workers, supervised by 4 Professional Nurses, do door-to door house visits and offer health assessment, education, screening and referral to the communities of the Crags, Kranshoek, Kwanokuthula, New Horizons, Qolweni and Bossiesgif.  We are also branching out to include the communities of Kransbos, Wittedrift and Harkerville.

This programme aims to improve the health literacy of our communities as well as  provide a crucial link between communities and the Primary Health Care clinics. 

The Community Health Workers and supervising Professional Nurses educate families in their homes about healthy living, caring for sick family members, child health and how to manage childhood illnesses, basic wound care and medication management.  They also, importantly refer community members to appropriate health and welfare service providers where screening tests indicate the need.

Community Outreach

The Community Health Workers and supervising Professional Nurses assist PHC clinics in community outreaches, doing drives to improve childhood immunisation uptake, cervical- breast- and prostate cancer screening, TB and HIV case-finding to promote early detection and treatment, medical male circumcision uptake and many more.  

The PHC clinics refer patients who are unable to access health services due to illness or disability to this programme and Community Health Workers and Professional Nurses will visit these patients at home and extend the PHC services to them in their homes. Patients and families are assisted to plan and manage their own healthcare and encouraged and enabled to access health and welfare services.

Partnering with Health & Welfare Service Providers in Bitou

We strongly believe that partnering with other health and welfare service providers in Bitou will improve health outcomes for our communities.  Creating referral networks, sharing information and collaborating on issues specific to each community improves the collective impact of our services and enhances our reach to the communities of Bitou. 

Counsellors In Community Clinics

Ten lay counsellors are deployed in the 6 PHC clinics in different communities in Bitou.  These counsellors have been specifically trained in HIV screening, testing and medication adherence strategies and over the past few years their training has been extended to include medication adherence counselling for all communicable and non-communicable illnesses.  They assist the PHC clinic staff in these areas and offer health education to patients visiting the PHC clinics