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Background

Inaugural Strategy Meeting 2005:
T.J. Wild - BioMonde, Archbishop Mthethwa, President Jacob Zuma

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Strategy Meeting:
King Goodwill Zwelithini, Ms. P. Nkonyeni - KZN Speaker and former Health MEC, Mrs. J. Yaki - International & Royal liaison, Mr. T.J.Wild - BioMonde

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 CharisHealth Student Nurses Assistants

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CharisHealth Nurse Assistant

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CharisHealth was born out of necessity

Today, CharisHealth is busy building networks to provide healthcare solutions for individuals enduring aggressive therapies, living with HIV/AIDS, HBV, HCV, Cancer, Diabetes, Liver and other chronic diseases. Working with scientific and medical academia, government agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations, CharisHealth is furthering the medical advances of BioMonde into the patient healthcare environment.

CharisHealth's roots can be traced back to clinical research conducted by BioMonde in late 2005 in association with the provincial Department of Health for KZN, local blood and viral clinics, faith-based organizations and community leaders.

The outcome of the research greatly exceeded expectations in the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS and kaposi's sarcoma. One unexpected finding showed a marked improvement in the blood chemistry and physical symptoms of patients taking anti-retroviral therapy (ARV) in combination with BioMonde's Heparvit. So much so, that the Department of Health is actively working with BioMonde to deploy Heparvit as an adjunct to ARV treatment.

BioMonde soon discovered that the established HIV/AIDS healthcare infrastructure was already overwhelmed, lacking in clinical and manpower resources, and many other keys to rendering treatment practical in deprived conditions. Providing ARV treatment and supportive healthcare to the 5.5 million HIV infected in South Africa, appeared almost impossible given the inadequacy and conceptual infrastructures. 

BioMonde's solution, was to establish CharisHealth, with the specific task of  devising and cultivating a system to realize a sustainable infrastructure capable of delivering HIV and primary healthcare to individuals in impoverished communities.

CharisHealth answer was swift and divisive, calling on the department of health to outsource HIV/AIDS management to community health centers, with acute support from local hospitals. The community centers would be provided through the partnership of community leaders, faith-based organizations, NPO's, and CharisHealth, all managed under a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). The HMO being responsible for logistical support, and interfaces with public health authorities, PEPFAR and other organizations.

Major aspects of deploying community healthcare were piloted in Kwazulu Natal during 2007, to confirm its viability, and to help to fine tune the system, with an emphasis on indigenous African input and capacity building into the national plan of the Department of Social Development in South Africa. The Student Nurses Assistant program is designed to develop and focus the social and healthcare skills of caregivers to a high standard, enabling them to undertake critical HIV/AIDS and other patient management roles under the supervision of registered nurses. The introduction of a registration scheme for the Nurses Assistants will provide the accreditation and standards appropriate to Social and Healthcare skills.

While all countries are different, the challenge CharisHealth aims to meet is the same. This is the essential task of reimagining and retooling the manner of delivering treatment to disadvantaged people. This task remains even amidst the promise of novel advances in medicine. It is not only about a question of will, and of physical resources, but perhaps most importantly about connecting different agendas and worldviews with both action and laying the ground for mutual recognition – all around a principle that outshines those of any particular creed.