Saul Kornik

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Africa Health Placements, or AHP, is a project to place medical personnel in rural areas.  The case study began in the Amathole district, Eastern Cape, South Africa and has been ongoing since 2005.  In South Africa 43.6% of the country’s population lives in rural areas, but only 12% of doctors and 19% of the country’s nurses work in rural health facilities. AHP exists to help plan for, find and keep the workforce needed to deliver health for all.  Tutu Fellow Saul Kornik is AHP CEO and co-founder.  To solve the disparity rural areas face regarding health care, he ensured AHP worked closely with the National Department of Health, the Eastern Cape Department of Health, and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Solution

AHP sources, recruits and places foreign-qualified and local healthcare workers in rural and underserved public healthcare facilities, positively impacting outcomes and needless deaths. Madwaleni Hospital in the rural Eastern Cape struggled with only one Dutch doctor, placed by AHP, between June and December 2012. Between January and May 2013, AHP placed four more foreign-qualified doctors from Holland, the UK and the US at the hospital. Three community service doctors were also allocated to the hospital by the Eastern Cape Department of Health in the beginning of 2013. In total, six of these doctors are still at the facility today.

Results

Since 2005, AHP has placed 3 264 healthcare workers in southern Africa. Ms Tembeka Pencil, Acting Hospital Manager at Madwaleni, said the AHP doctors had a massive impact on health outcomes.

“We had five maternal deaths in 2012. In 2013, and so far in 2014, we’ve had none.”  Tembeka Pencil, Acting Hospital Manager at Madwaleni Hospital.

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