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Global Healthcare

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science South Africa

Module Overview

South Africa has both public and private healthcare systems that work parallel to one another. The public system serves the majority of the population, but is greatly underfunded and understaffed, particularly in the country’s remote and underprivileged communities which are exposed to higher rates of diseases, including HIV/AIDS and TB.

On this program, students will visit different healthcare facilities to observe and, in some cases, participate in medical practices. These facilities include government-run institutions, private clinics and hospitals, home-based care, NGO programs, mental wellness centers and mobile clinics. Excursions may also include local universities and colleges, sport and/or nutrition-focus institutions, Early Childhood Development projects, traditional healers and  medical museums. Each visit will help to build a clearer picture of the strengths and challenges faced by health professionals in South Africa.


This module is based in Cape Town and the surrounding area.

Educational Outcomes

  • Give participants thorough insight into the state of the health delivery system in South Africa.
  • Allow students to explore and compare the healthcare needs and practices in the South African context with those of their own country and community.
  • Provide a platform for students to have hands-on experience outside of their usual environment.
  • Visit ill patients in home-based care programs, assessing their condition and administering basic treatments to help them on their road to recovery.
  • Assist in under resourced local clinics, supporting doctors and nurses in their work.
  • Help organize HIV/AIDS education workshops.
  • Engage participants in conversations and discussions that will help them to critically think through key public health principles and their application.

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 7 days. The maximum length is 21 days (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).


Sister Thandi Sililo

Sr. Thandi Sililo is the Project Manager at ThembaCare Grabouw, a Two-Star Rated Hospice Facility and a project of the Thembalitsha Foundation. ThembaCare Grabouw is a member hospice of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA).

This facility was initiated in 2006 to be part of the movement for “Turning the Tide Against HIV/AIDS & TB”, in the Overberg District of the Western Cape Province. Cancer, chronic and terminally ill patients are also offered impeccable care support at ThembaCare. This hospice facility impacts the lives of more than 370 patients in the community of Grabouw and the surrounding farming areas, through the Community Based Services that are offered at this facility. Grabouw is community with a population of over 65,000 people and there is only one local Government Clinic. ThembaCare has partnered with the Department of Health in the provision of Comprehensive & Primary Health Care to improve the quality of Health Care to patients and clients in the community of Grabouw.

David Stephens

David Stephens is the Executive Director of the NGO, Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association. David is passionate about his role and brings much heart and happiness to the young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

As he puts it, “The medical care is not enough. A child is an emotional, spiritual and affectionate being, and if you don’t address these areas too, they won’t heal.”

Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher is the Director of Academic Affairs at SACAP. Working in Higher Education for over 12 years, Laura’s passion and experience lies is the area of curriculum design, training, and education with a focus on Applied Psychology and Counselling. Laura holds a BA (Theology), BA (Hons) in Psychology, as well as an MA in Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.

Through training, research and counselling, Laura loves to inspire people to recalibrate their thinking about themselves, the world they live in, and their ability to be instrumentally involved in individual and community transformation. Established in the Western Cape in 1997, SACAP is a leading accredited independent provider of education in Applied Psychology and offers learner a range of accredited degree, diploma and certificate programs. SACAP has campuses in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as an online offering for learners within and beyond South African borders.

Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre

The WCRC provides specialized, high-intensity rehabilitation and community-reintegration programs for persons with physical disabilities. The focus is outcome-based and the promotion of functional independence. The facility has a maximum capacity of 240 beds and a daily OPD clinic. Rehabilitation programs focus on reducing activity limitations and participation restrictions for persons with stroke/head injury, spinal cord afflictions, and amputations amongst others. The WCRC also offers services such as home and/or work site assessments as well as specialized clinics.


Baphumelele’s vision is to provide a temporary shelter for vulnerable/orphaned children and young adults with chronic diseases and HIV/Aids, and to provide skills development for the unemployed, early childhood care, alleviation of poverty, and healthcare information to the community in Khayelitsha and surrounds.

Fikelela Children’s Home

The Fikelela Children’s Home has been running in Khayelitsha for over 10 years, providing short-term safe care for up to 40 children aged 0 to 8. Fikelela provides a secure and nurturing home environment for children from all over the Western cape who have been abandoned and orphaned, neglected or abused. Children are nursed back to health and put on anti-retrovirals when necessary before being placed with extended family members or supported foster families.

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Featured Experiences

Dinner and Djembe Drumming

Gold Restaurant caters an experience to the opulent heartbeat of African cuisine and culture. Tailoring it’s menu to the diversity found across the African continent, Gold Restaurant offers a gourmet selection seasonally adapted from North, Sub-Saharan, and Southern Africa. Beforehand, guests have the opportunity to join in a djembe drumming session. Feel the pulse of Africa as you drum and dine.

Cape Point

As the most southwestern outcrop of the African continent, Cape Point rises above the cobalt and turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With the sound of the sea rushing below you, climb up to the lighthouse for a view of misty mountains in the distance at one of Cape Town’s most scenic and significant vantage points.

Cape Malay Cooking Class

Jasmina’s house is part of the colorful and immensely cultural tapestry that is the Bo Kaap district of Cape Town. The Malayan cuisine that she imparts is also a part of the rich heritage of the area, seasoned with distinct spices and created from recipes that have been handed down through generations. In the warmth of her kitchen you can learn how to make a mouth-watering Malayan meal, from traditional samosa starters to decadent chicken curry. Afterwards, you can enjoy the living dish of history you have helped to spice.

Robben Island Overnight

Step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela for a night, staying over in prison accommodation with a private tour of the prison and island. Get a feel for the isolation and challenges that the prisoners faced for decades in one of the world's most famous prisons - Robben Island. This is a unique experience that will bring you closer to understanding the challenges that Mandela and many other historical figures faced in their fight for freedom and equality.

Monks Cowl Drakensberg Hike

Located in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, the trails of Monks Cowl showcase the incredible scenery of Drakensberg in the midst of mountains and valleys. Experience the beauty of South Africa as you explore these picturesque landscapes.

Chokka Trail

Hiking the Chokka trail is a fourteen kilometer adventure, taking you through the Coastal Cradle of Humankind. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to see the second largest blowhole in Southern Africa, and unknown grave, and the remains of the Osprey and Cape Recife. After the hike, there is an included tour of the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Center. Continuing via Shark Point, there is a calamari tasting at Port St. Francis, then a canal cruise in the late afternoon. The day ends with dinner at Joe Fish Restaurant or a local boma for braai.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape, offering the international community a unique South African experience. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that contribute to the saga of Apartheid.

Pilanesberg Safari

Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. It exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet vegetation of the Lowveld region. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the “big five,” wild dog, Roan, Tsessebe, Sable antelope and more than three hundred and sixty species of bird.

AWOL Bicycle Tour

This international, award-winning, socially responsible bicycle tour in Masiphumelele, Kommetjie is a new take on township tours, providing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. A qualified local guide will escort guests around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. The tour includes lunch at a local township restaurant that serves delicious authentic African food.

Boulders Beach

Step through the entryway to this beach and find yourself face to face with one of Africa’s quirkier inhabitants: penguins. A colony of African penguins resides on Boulders Beach, a stretch of sand dominated by giant seaside rocks and penguin nests.

Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

This tour winds its through jewel-toned houses and mosques, providing commentary on the history and tradition behind the iconic architecture of the Bo-Kaap district. As you follow your guide through this segment of Cape Town, we invite you to explore a side of South African history defined by cultural fusion and crossover. Watch tradition unfold into a modern landscape of vibrancy as East meets West at the southern point of Africa.

Soweto Tour

A Soweto day tour takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson museum. You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, taking you through the smell of pavement cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience the humanity, hospitality, and warmth of township life humanity - the "ubuntu" of South Africa

Abseiling Table Mountain

Abseiling is one of the best ways to explore the rocky crags of Table Mountain. This thrilling activity includes a relatively technical hike, so a moderate fitness level is required to experience this adventure!

Table Mountain

Find out why Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world as you climb to the top. The mountain stretches gloriously on the Cape Town horizon, rising effortlessly from the lights and bustle of the city. As you ascend, the rugged terrain becomes a world in and of itself, age-old rocks, grasses, and shrubs covering the mountainside. The top of Table Mountain provides astounding views of the city on one side and the sea on the other, with rolling clouds over rocky peaks. A cable car provides a scenic descent, suspended gracefully over jagged rock and the famous flora of the mountain.

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center

This center provides a sanctuary for many wild animals that are the victims of habitat loss, such as leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and vultures. While Moholoholo is directly involved in research, breeding programs and rehabilitation, it also helps tribal communities and farms by adopting and relocating 'problem animals’ that would otherwise be poisoned or injured. The aim of this rehabilitation facility is to promote awareness about environmental upheaval and to support endangered wildlife.

Class in the Clouds

Did you know that Table Mountain is believed to have more plant diversity than the British Isles put together? Class in the Clouds gives learners the chance to learn all about the amazing fauna and flora found in the Cape Floral Kingdom while enjoying the view from the top of Table Mountain.

Induna Adventures

Induna offers a wide variety of adrenaline-racing activities such as white water rafting, ziplining, and quad biking. Only twenty minutes away from Kruger National Park, Induna’s pristine location provides an unforgettable setting for adventure sports and outdoor team activities.

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