Vusumzi Noyila is determined not to let outdated notions of masculinity deter him from caring for people in his community.
Mr Vusumzi Noyila, who is a CHW at Nkumandeni clinic in Ngqeleni, describes how life changing his work for the Child Survival and Development programme (funded by Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund) is for both his patients – and for him!
When I go around, I help her with housework, or anything that she needs: washing. Cleaning the house. Gardening. I don’t mind what it is, as long as I can assist her in some way.”
Vusumzi Noyila has been sitting quietly, listening to his colleague, Siphokazi. He is eager to talk though, and points to his name badge on his jacket.
“With this, the villagers immediately trust me,” he says, with zeal. “And their trust is important to me.” In the spirit of his community healthcare work, Vusumzi has taken it upon himself to regularly check in on an elderly lady in his village, who he met through his outreach work.
“This Granny is living with her grandchildren, and she can’t even see. Due to her blindness she can’t plant her garden, so I have helped her plant, water and pick carrots and spinach. I visit quite often to water the garden. She was on the defaulter form, you see, and I went out to check in on her. This is called “Tracing Defaulters”. I spoke to her about getting back on her treatment, and she slowly came around. Now she is taking it religiously. When I go around, I help her with housework, or anything that she needs: washing. Cleaning the house. Gardening. I don’t mind what it is, as long as I can assist her in some way.”
“When it counted, Siphokazi harnessed all of her theory and put it into practice.”