year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 61



2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | SOCIAL RESPONSIVENESS
COMMITTED
TO HEALTHY
COMMUNITIES
To cultivate inclusivity on and off campus, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng visited several health sites
and community projects around Cape Town.
children deal with peer pressure.
Thanks to the success of the project,
the Department of Education hopes
to roll it out at other schools.
The university also plays an
important role in expanding
clinical research capabilities within
communities. The Ubuntu Clinic and
Emavundleni Research Centre,
for example, are in the first phase
of running a 36-month HIV vaccine
HVTN702 trial, with results expected
in 2021/22.
Although UCT’s Faculty of
Health Sciences is making an
impact, the health sites and local
community representatives agree
that they would like to see more
involvement from other sectors
of the university too.
Phakeng said the university
leadership would look at ways in
which to partner with communities
to assist with these challenges.
“As the new leadership at UCT, we felt
it important to come and visit, connect
with and get to know the people
we work with in the community, the
professionals who help train our
students,” Phakeng said.
Her visits included the Hanover Park
Community Health Clinic, Mitchells
Plain Hospital, Ubuntu HIV-TB Clinic
in Khayelitsha, and the Desmond
Tutu HIV Centre Emavundleni clinical
research site in Crossroads.
During their internships, students
learn medical skills from professional
clinicians and receive guidance in
“softer” issues like communication
and community projects.
Mitchells Plain Hospital site facilitator
Christolene Beauzac-McKay said UCT
students have played an integral role in
initiating and running several successful
community projects. One of the most
recent – the Buddy-Buddy system –
was launched at local schools to help
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