Getting the community talking about NHI

Getting the community talking about NHI

OurHealth. ‘€“ A community in Tshwane is taking charge of their health situation and creating awareness of National Health Insurance (NHI) efforts that are taking place in their area.

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The Mabopane Health Forum in northern Tshwane held a planning meeting last week around how they will stimulate community dialogue around the NHI. Civil society, the Department of Health (sub-district) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) attended the meeting.

‘€œIt is about time that we as community leaders take responsibility of our lives and the environment we are living in by sharing the knowledge and creating understanding of the [NHI] concept within our constituencies by engaging in a form of a dialogue,’€ said Fanyana Tshabalala, manager of Katekani Community Project, a civil society organisation in Mabopane.

Mrs Mmadira, a ward committee member said: ‘€œIt is also important to report back to the community after the consultations with the Minister of Health on the insurance scheme. It will also be an opportunity to listen to the views of the constituencies on a public health system.’€

A date for the community dialogue will be set for November.

* Mahlangu is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Tshwane district in Gauteng.