A Beacon of Hope for Youth Healthcare: Satellite Clinic Launches in Belhar

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In a promising move towards youth-centric healthcare, the city launched its first satellite clinic aimed at providing specialized services exclusively for young people in Belhar. This clinic is set to operate on Friday afternoons initially, with the goal of expanding its services over time. This development is part of a series of youth-specific health initiatives piloted by City Health, starting in Khayelitsha almost two decades ago.

Specialized Care for Young People

The clinic offers a variety of services catering to individuals aged 12 to 24, including family planning, STI assessment and treatment, PrEP, PEP, general HIV care, TB screening and treatment, management of minor ailments, and basic antenatal care services (up to 36 weeks of pregnancy). City Health also provides dedicated youth hours at all its clinics, ensuring that these services remain accessible to clients.

A Safe Haven for Youth Health and Well-being

Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, expressed her excitement for the satellite clinic’s potential. She emphasizes the importance of offering specialized services in a safe environment and the ongoing commitment to meeting young people’s unique health needs. The overall goal is to have dedicated youth health spaces in every area to encourage young people to seek guidance and support for their health issues, promoting self-care.

Concerns for Access to Healthcare Services

A significant incentive behind this project is the concern that young people may miss out on essential healthcare services due to competing priorities, such as school or work. However, the City has been receiving consistent support from organizations like Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), the Anova APACE project, and New Love Life Trust for many years, playing a vital role in providing comprehensive healthcare services for the youth.

Expansion and Community Engagement

The satellite Youth Clinic in Belhar will further City Health’s ongoing mission to provide a safe place for young people to access healthcare services. Initially operating between 14:00 and 16:00 on Fridays, the clinic plans to expand its services in the future. Ward Councillor Alderman Willie Jaftha’s vision for the clinic is not only to provide healthcare services but also to create a safe space where young people can connect with one another and engage in various activities such as homework. The ultimate goal is to transform the clinic into a transversal hub for the St. Vincent community, involving other City departments such as Recreation and Parks and the Library Service, culminating in a fully-fledged youth center. Alderman Jaftha encourages the community to utilize this space and help shape it into a model for other areas.

A Testament of the City’s Commitment

The launch of the satellite clinic in Belhar is a testament to the city’s commitment to prioritizing young people’s health and well-being. By providing a safe and dedicated space for healthcare services and support, the clinic stands as a beacon of hope for youth in the community and beyond.

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