Simunye Primary Health Care Vision

Our vision is to provide, equitable, accessible and affordable Healthcare for ALL in need in South Africa.

It is supported by two fundamental principles which provide the foundation for all our activities, determined by organisational excellence and core values:

  • To establish One-Stop Simunye Primary Healthcare facilities in areas of need
  • To provide Primary Healthcare Centres of Excellence
  • To best understand the needs of the people, and empower them to gain knowledge and Education about their Health
  • To identify and overcome all barriers and disparities in Healthcare
  • To use our resources effectively, to administer them efficiently, and distribute them with equity
  • To share the abundant Healthcare resources in South Africa with everyone, thereby creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, and healthier life for ALL

We aim to strengthen the current Healthcare system by allying with communities, Healthcare providers and Health Departments.

With emphasis on Health Education, people are empowered to participate in their own Healthcare, increase the quality of their lives and increase life expectancy.

Sea Point/Three Anchor Bay

Reception
Reception
Consultation Room
Consultation Room
State of the art Medical Equipment
State of the art Medical Equipment
Outside
Outside

Mitchell’s Plain

Mitchell’s Plain Old Practice - The Cape Flats SPHC Centre developed from a 70 square meter vacant Chicken shop to a 240 square meter state of the art Medical Centre.
Mitchell’s Plain Old Practice - The Cape Flats SPHC Centre developed from a 70 square meter vacant Chicken shop to a 240 square meter state of the art Medical Centre.
Mitchell’s Plain New Centre - 240 square meter One-Stop Medical Centre in a historically disadvantaged area.
Mitchell’s Plain New Centre - 240 square meter One-Stop Medical Centre in a historically disadvantaged area.
Mitchell’s Plain - Health Education multi-facility room
Mitchell’s Plain - Health Education multi-facility room
Mitchell’s Plain - Outside SPHC
Mitchell’s Plain - Outside SPHC

Founders

Dr Cyril N Parker

MBChB (Wits),DA (SA),
FRACGP (Australia),ACRRM (Australia)
Cert Dermatology (Monash,Australia)

South African graduate from the University of Witwatersrand (1981),
trained and worked at the Chris Hani Hospital (Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg).

Extensive experience in Primary Healthcare across the urban and rural areas of Johannesburg, from local Community Clinics to Mining Industry Hospitals and Clinics.
Travelled and worked for more than 15 years worldwide, gaining invaluable experience by working in Primary Health Care Clinics as far as New Zealand in remote areas and Capital cities in Australia.

Developed a passion for Primary Healthcare with an emphasis on Prevention. Returned to Cape Town, South Africa with international experience and local expertise.
In August 2006, he established the first Simunye Primary Healthcare Centre in the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa, together with Dr Elisabeth Pillgrab-Parker (PhD).

In 2007, the second Simunye Centre was opened in Sea Point, Cape Town.
As the Medical Director of both centres, with his wife Dr Elisabeth Pillgrab-Parker as Director of Operations, the team continues to deliver, improve, and further develop the concept of affordable, equitable One-Stop Primary Healthcare Centres in areas of need.

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Dr Elisabeth Pillgrab-Parker

PhD (Austria),MA (Vienna),

DipBM (AIM – Australian Institute of Management,Sydney),

MA (Master in Pedagogy,Vienna)
Dipl Music Therapy (Sydney)

 

Born in Austria, graduated with a PhD (Philosophy) in 1991.
Moved to Australia in 1991, Head of Department and Lecturer at ANU (Australian National University Canberra), Lecturer at University of NSW, Sydney.
German Language Coach for Opera Australia from 1991 until 2006.
In Australia, continued her professional career in Business Management.

Moved to South Africa in 2006. Lecturer at UCT, University of Cape Town. German Language coach for William Kentridge’s production of the “Magic Flute” in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2007.

With Dr Cyril Parker, established the first Simunye Primary Healthcare Centre (December 2006) and the second one in Sea Point, Cape Town (October 2007).

As the Director of Operations, with her management expertise, she further develops the Simunye Centres, focusing on Health Education and women empowerment of disadvantaged community members. Together with Dr C Parker, the team pursues cost effective and quality delivery of Primary Healthcare.

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