Asivikelane Health Releases

Asivikelane Health publishes a monthly release tracking basic health services in the Eastern Cape.

09 June 2022

Asivikelane Health #10  Asivikelane Health now covers 45 clinics! This month we shine a light on Tuberculosis prevention and treatment, which remains critical even as we tackle COVID-19.

13 April 2022

Asivikelane Health #9  Asivikelane Health participants are making change happen at 25 clinics in Buffalo City and OR Tambo Health Districts. Building on this success we expand to Nelson Mandela Bay next month, eyeing national coverage in future.

09 March 2022

Asivikelane Health #8  Clinics have green lights for the basic functions. They should now focus on specialised services like ‘Happy Hour’ for young people to access much needed sexual and reproductive health care.

09 February 2022

Asivikelane Health #7  The 4th wave is not over in the Eastern Cape. Our first release of 2022 spotlights implementable measures that government can take to increase vaccination rates in the province.

09 December 2021

Asivikelane Health #6 Clinics are innovating to cope with the impact of COVID-19. But they call on national and provincial government for sustainable solutions to resource constraints.

17 November 2021

Asivikelane Health #5 This month we report improvements in service delivery at clinics, which has led to a significant reduction in waiting times. Clinic managers say that engaging residents through Asivikelane Health has motivated them to do better.

13 October 2021

Asivikelane Health #4 Asivikelane Health has expanded to include 15 more clinics in Buffalo City and OR Tambo District. Many of the new clinics are highly inefficient. Long waiting times impacts residents’ well-being. We identify steps that clinics can take to address this.

06 September 2021

Despite improvements, COVID-19 continues to hamper clinic services. The third Asivikelane Health release shows an overall improvement in waiting times. However, some clinics struggle to provide adequate services due to the pressure of COVID-19.


03 August 2021

80 patients to one nurse: residents carry cost of inefficiencies at Buffalo City clinics. The second Asivikelane Health release highlights the burden of capacity shortages at clinics. 29% of residents spent more than 3 hours at the clinic at their last visit and half the clinics did not open on time. 


13 July 2021

Asivikelane Health release 1 The inaugural Asivikelane Health release highlights the impact of community advocacy across 10 Buffalo City clinics where access to services and medicine has improved. Long wait times at clinics however remains a problem. In months to come we plan to expand this pilot and test the model in other clinics in the Eastern Cape.