In February, Black Sash and over forty community members, local NGO representatives, and clinic workers came together for an impactful workshop to discuss the Black Sash RMCH Project in KZN. The workshop shared results of the baseline study which followed a rapid situational analysis of clinic and community health centre committees (CCS/CHCCs) and Alternative public Accountability Mechanisms (APAMs), for example NGOs/CBOs, multi-stakeholder forums.
The objective of the situational analysis was to determine whether CCs/CHCCs and APAMs are functioning effectively and whether they engage on the issues of RMCH services. The baseline report will also be used to guide the development of interventions, tools and training to strengthen public accountability mechanisms in the two focus districts, OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape and in uMgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal.
One of the highlights from the workshop was when the guests were given the opportunity to participate in small group discussions on the findings of the baseline study. Passions ran high as participates reflected on how the issues addressed during the presentation related to their community.
As the project moved forward, the next set of actions were to finalise the baseline study with the comments collected at the workshop, develop training manuals, tools and models, and then training facilitators to carry out a Community Scorecard Card.