The health delegation in Cape Town

Posted by: Yvonne Coghill - Posted on:

As stated in the last blog, part of the initiative was for NHS and stakeholder colleagues to present the work we had been doing with the TuTu Foundation at the International Association of Conflict Management Conference in Stellenbosch Western Cape, Africa, on July 10th – 15th 2012.

The health delegation consisted of:

  • Myself, (delegation lead) NHS Leadership Academy
  • Paul Randolph, Barrister and Mediator, Regents Park College
  • Monica Hanaway. Psychotherapist and Mediator, Regents Park College
  • Dr Isaac John. Research and Development, Ashford and St Peters Hospital
  • Rebecca Amissah, Medical Student, Southampton University Hospital
  • Shelley Collins, Director, Just Resources
  • Angela Gorman , CEO

The presentation of the delegations work involved highlighting the importance of using the Ubuntu approach to work with disadvantaged communities as well as the benefits of the initiative to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The conference mostly consisted of academics presenting findings from research they had carried out. Their presentations were more ‘tell’ than being of an interactive nature, the Tutu presentation was delivered in the style of a workshop.

The TuTu Presentation Workshop

The aim of this experiential workshop was to share the Foundation’s work in the UK with delegates, enabling them to see how the work being done helps to tackle health inequalities which are rooted in historic discrimination, through the promotion of conflict prevention and the use of transformative mediation.

The workshop outlined the Foundation’s current work, which has been inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s global peace and reconciliation work. Using an Ubuntu Driven Approach – we are developing a new model in health and social care based on: conflict prevention, conflict resolution and the use of transformative mediation.

The workshop was opened and chaired by the Reverend Mpho Tutu, the Archbishops youngest daughter.

She introduced the audience to the presenters and gave an inspiring speech about the work of her father’s Foundation. Angela Gorman spoke first about the work she is doing in many parts of Africa on Maternal health. It was a hard hitting presentation, highlighting the global inequalities with regards to maternal health.

Shockingly women have a 1 in 7 chance of dying in childbirth if in Niger as opposed to 1 in 17,400 in Sweden.  Angela works with the Tutu foundation to raise awareness of this issue and works tirelessly to improve the situation for mothers in Africa.

I spoke about the work the English NHS is doing with the Foundation, the aim being to enable health professionals to use Ubuntu methodoly to improve and build sustainable and positive community relations.

Leadership for Equality have commissioned three programmes

  • Coaching
  • Train the trainer
  • Mediation

To date, participants on all programmes have found them beneficial, increasing their confidence and raising their awareness about the benefits for the whole community of the Ubuntu approach.  This approach is totally in keeping with David Cameron’s Big Societyinitiative and the NHS objective of identifying and building services around the needs of the communities we serve. One of the participants on the ‘Coaching and Train the Trainer’ programme was Courine Stewart…

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