This Pop-Up Clinic Is Changing the Way Communities in South Africa View Health Care
Its four young creators wanted to make a difference in their communities.
Epione Healthcare Solutions, which runs pop-up clinics and health drives in the heart of Soweto, is the result of a lot of hard work from four young people.
Garikai “Gazah” Govati, Jessica Chivinge, Farai Chikumbu, and Rhobhi Matinyi, felt it was their duty to do something to make a difference in their community.
So they launched Epione, to connect patients with clinicians, hospital facilities, and medical aid administrators — to make it easier for people to access healthcare.
Global Citizen spent this weekend with Epione, at a health drive in the heart of the Soweto community.
The health drive was set at up Protea Glen Mall, and consisted of different stations that focused on free primary care such as testing for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI), as well as HIV/AIDS.
Each patient was given professional care, and each general practitioner (GP) made sure every patient was properly counselled and given the proper information with everything they needed, to make sure that they continue on a healthy path.
Those who had abnormal results were also given expert advice and were referred to a number of specialists who could help.
“We wanted this to be a holistic experience for the people, not just for them to just get tested and win tickets” Gazah explained.
And the Epione team, along with the GPs, were able to support up to 300 people in accessing healthcare services, and getting the information they needed in order to properly take care of their health.
But at the heart of it all was the community. People who came to the pop-up clinic asked questions and took an interest in their health and the benefit of all the tests they were able to have — which was great to see for the team, as the culmination of their work.
The young people behind Epione are well aware that not everyone in their community has the advantage of being able to access proper healthcare.
“We aim to promote better help, and we are really excited to see all these people participating and taking this seriously,” continued Gazah.
The team partnered with Advanced Health Limited to put on the drive, and there are still two more to go. The next will take place on October 20 at Advanced Health Soweto Day Hospital, where the community will get free screenings for vision, hearing, and dental.
There will be a third in Maponya Mall, in Soweto, on November 10. There, people will have access to doctors, healthcare professionals, and specialists who will be able to assist with more complicated cases and test results.
This was very important to the team, as their core goal is to provide seamless healthcare to patients and they are well aware that their community does not have the advantage of having access to proper healthcare. The Epione team partnered with Advanced Health Limited to put together their very first health drive.
One of the most important aspects of the drive is that all of the tests are easily accessible for anyone who wants them, and that those attending can incorporate their healthcare into their Saturday errands or shopping — so it’s as easy as possible for them to learn more about their health.
Both patients and healthcare professionals also had the chance, by being part of the health drive, to earn free tickets to the upcoming Global Citizen Festival, proudly presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, in Johannesburg on December 2.
To learn more about Epione Healthcare Solutions, you can visit the website here.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.