Topic: The Quality conundrum: Rendering rural health care with resource constraints
Nela Mojanaga is the Chief Director for Health in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District. Her primary focus is providing strategic leadership in integrating fragmented health and social welfare services. She qualified as a social worker and did case work for 12 years, in Botshabelo in the Free State, whilst continuing to study community development, and health management and facility management. During this time Nela was also doing philanthropic work. She served as an executive committee member in the following organizations, Trust for Christian Outreach and Education(TCOE), National Progressive Primary Health Care Network(NPPHCN) and Orange Free State Rural Committee(OFSRUC)
She established the District Health System in Ventersdorp from 1996 – 2001, and was promoted to District Director from April 2001- July 2013. In addition she sits on various boards and committees and is currently Provincial Chairperson of Black Management Forum in the North West.
Nela has been awarded various awards for her contribution in service delivery: TCOE for dedicated service delivery to communities in 1999, Premiers Awards for Outstanding Performance in Health Care Service Delivery in 1998 and 2003, Centre for Public Service Innovation( CPSI) Silver Awards for Public Private Partnership and Innovation in Improving Service Delivery in 2009. The District, under her leadership, has also received another CPSI Award in 2011 on Integrated Chronic Diseases Management (ICDM). This model is being piloted in Mpumalanga and Limpopo to determine whether it can be rolled out throughout the country.
Her biggest, proudest and worthy achievement is mother to Koketso, sister to her siblings and the friend whom everyone seeks when in trouble and needs a sounding board.