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Farm worker well-being through Philani

13 Dec 2017

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Philani Training and Development Solutions NPC (formerly the Cape Women’s Forum) is a recognised training institution that has offered training and development services to the agricultural industry since the late eighties.

It is accredited by the Health and Welfare SETA with extension of accreditation by the Agri SETA and registered with the Department of Labour as a first-aid training provider.

In Xhosa, Philani means “be well” and the company’s mission is to enable employees to develop to their full potential, thereby supporting the social and economic development of the country as a whole.

Programmes offered include health care, business principles, life-skills and pre-primary education, and services include legal compliance audits and workplace skills plans. The pace of the programmes is determined by the target group, according to their educational background and level of exposure to the subject matter.

To date, ten workers from farms in the Futuregrowth Agri-funds have qualified through Philani as Ancillary Health Care workers, which enables them to perform community health functions under the supervision of a professional health worker, and thereby assist their communities to better manage their own health and wellness. These workers also now possess a recognised qualification that can provide a platform for further education towards becoming professional health workers. The course covers a comprehensive range of topics, including anatomy and physiology; factors that influence health; observation, referrals and record keeping; family planning; treatment of addiction, abuse and TB; home based care; nursing of contagious diseases; legislation applicable to health; the rights of terminal patients, people with disabilities and the elderly; and disaster management.

Feedback from participants sums up the potential impact of this training:

“I learnt a lot about HIV and Aids and can share this knowledge on prevention with my community.”

“ I learnt to refer people to the clinic when they have signs and symptoms, encourage them to the TB-tests and let them know that TB can be cured.”

“ I enjoyed the First Aid because I learnt how to save someone’s life.”

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