Dr Euvette Taylor
Dr Euvette Cardian Taylor (28) graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a master’s degree in homoeopathic medicine in 2015, and is a registered and practicing doctor in homoeopathy, with a research specialty of public health — specifically sexual reproductive health and community development.
Taylor is currently a lecturer at The Durban University of Technology in public health and is also the projects manager for the faculty of health sciences’ community engagement programmes. He currently runs a weekly multidisciplinary primary health care community clinic at Mkhizwana Tribal Council in KwaZulu- Natal, serves in various community based organisations and holds the position of president for the Youth Development Partnership.
He has received various accolades for his commitment to the health sector and academia, and in 2013 he received an Abe Bailey Award and scholarship, which is given to outstanding South African students and junior lecturers who show exceptional leadership qualities. Taylor has presented his work in both local and international conferences and summits, including a paper at the World Summit on Social Accountability in April 2017 hosted in Tunisia by the Network Towards Unity For Health and the World Health Organisation. Taylor has a private practice in Empangeni, but commits a significant amount of effort to serving as a community health project co-ordinator.
“I help develop sites where communities need health amenities, but there are no health services in the immediate area. At Cato Ridge, for example, we now have medical students from various fields who need clinical hours going there once a week to work in the community. This benefits both the students and the community.” To be successful, these projects must be owned by the communities they serve, he notes. “We try to ensure that the service we offer is needed, and that traditional healers, local councils and municipalities are in agreement about what is needed. In this way, the community has ownership of the project.”
Taylor aims to stay focused on community health promotion and is working on a proposal for his PhD in public health. “I’d like to influence policy and contribute to improving community health. People tend to wait too long to seek medical attention. They need health information that empowers them, and we need to promote preventative health care systems,” he says. He also hopes to duplicate the mobile clinic model in other communities, incorporating health sciences and social sciences, and partnering with strategic partners to make healthcare more accessible to underserved communities.
— Tracy Burrows