Safe Travel to School: Childsafe
The ChildSafe project is a joint initiative by Discovery and ChildSafe initiated earlier this year. The aim is to create a safe environment for all children to travel to school. The mission is to reduce the number of child fatalities on the road by using Discovery’s experience in human behavioural economics to change the perception on road safety.
- Reducing the number of school buses involved in road traffic accidents
- Installing the DQ Track system, which will help monitor the drivers’ behaviour and will encourage the drivers to drive safely and to abide by the laws of the road;
- Making the daily school commute safer for children
- Enhancing the working relationship between schools and relevant stakeholders
- Rewarding good driving behaviour of those drivers who abide by the law
The pilot programme is being rolled out in Cape Town, as one of the highest accident rates have been recorded in the Western Cape. The programme entails working within a complex environment. Achievements to date include:
- Discussions held with 150 drivers
- Six information workshops for drivers
- 57 vehicles have been fitted with the DQ devices, 25 eye exams held, 61 vehicles have had roadworthy tests.
- The public launch in January was attended by about 120 people including scholar transport drivers from 3 areas
- Currently working with four principals of schools along high risk routes
- About 30 educators from three schools have been involved in curriculum enhancement
- About 1800 primary school children have been part of awareness workshops
- About 200 children at one school participated in art and colour-in competitions
- Awareness materials are being developed and will be sent to the parents of about 2000 school children.
- An information workshop hosted by the Department of Transport was held for 80 drivers. A follow up session is planned for in October
Once the pilot phase is complete, the programme will be reviewed and a strategic 3-year plan will be developed to expand this programme nationally. It is important to note that this expansion process also includes working with other donor/corporate partners. Currently Discovery is the only funder for this programme.
The Discovery Fund has partnered with Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA). R2 million has been committed to their programme.
WHO developed a global strategy to combat NCDs. The improvement and integration of care for NCDs in developing countries is central to this strategy. They are one of 11 Centres of Excellence that have been created to address the improvement and integration of care for NCDs in developing countries. The CDIA is unique in South Africa and in the region. It strives to connect a wide range of experts in NCD public health, clinical medicine, epidemiology, lifestyle modification, health economics, health behaviour, and implementation research and health service management in an expanding collaborative network. The CDIA research network has established itself as a key player when information, collaboration or consultation is sought regarding NCDs in South Africa, and has built strong links with the National and Western Cape Departments of Health with regard to their NCD policy development activities. It has been instrumental in establishing NCD-related research projects at five universities. Although work to date has taken place in the Western Cape, in essence this has served as an incubator to develop and test innovations in NCD care and the long-term focus is national.
The CDIA’s research has been based on the following integrated primary care model for NCDs. This sees the seamless provision of care of patients between the primary level community health centre and the community itself. The research thus far, has focused on the development and evaluation of “tools” to support community and facility-based health workers to deliver good quality care for people with NCDs and to build interventions to improve adherence and associated lifestyle risk factors. The beneficiaries are:
- Healthcare personnel employed in the public primary health care sector who are up-skilled and trained
- Community health workers who participate in the CDIA projects and utilise the tools developed by the CDIA for use in the NCD model of care
- Patients utilising public primary care health services who receive better NCD care
- Community members reached by trained community health workers.
Collaborative workshops have been planned with CDIA to share knowledge and learnings. In addition, training programmes/workshops are being planned with Fund Partner Organisations.
KZN Children’s Hospital Trust