Spirituality and Healthcare
Spirituality and healthcare: towards holistic people centred health care in South Africa
Healthcare in South Africa is in a crisis. Problems with infrastructure, management, human resources and the supply of essential medicines are at a critical level. This iscompounded by a high burden of disease and disparity in levels of service delivery, particularly between public and private health.
The government has put ambitious plans (which are part of the National Development Plan towards 2030) in place. In the midst of this we find the individual person and his/her family and community who are staggering under the suffering caused by disease, poverty, crime and violence. The chances are more than 70% that this person and his/her family and community are trying to make sense of this within a spiritual framework and that they belong to a faith-based community. Many health care workers trace their involvement in this field back to a spiritual motivation and are struggling to cope under tremendous pressure.
This renewed emphasis on South Africa’s health care service delivery as well as increasing evidence apropos the link between, and importance of, spirituality and health, led to the establishment of a Research Programme on Spirituality and Health Care, which is hosted at the Cluster for Healing and Counselling of the Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria and coordinated by HospiVision.
Other stakeholders in the research programme are the University of Pretoria departments of Practical Theology, Social work and Criminology, Family Medicine and Psychiatry. The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health Care (GWish) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, is an international partner.
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