The Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI) is an international non-profit foundation committed to healthcare education and information. MKI acts from the premise that healthcare is a human right and has designed programmes which aim to improve the quality and humanitarian values of life, especially in developing countries.
The healthcare information programme is aimed at making available trustworthy information on healthcare to healthcare professionals and organisations worldwide. MKI has set up a number of Health Information Centres (HIC) around South Africa. The main aim of the centres is to provide healthcare education and healthcare information to the general public from all walks of life to promote individual and community health, taking into consideration their individual cultural sensitivities. Cotlands has partnered with MKI on this project and has established a HIC at our community centre in Diepkloof, Soweto.
The centres offer a selection of training courses which teach different life skills, and provide for contacts with relevant support and information. Each centre also houses a simple public health library. Priority has been given to practical publications such as: child health, primary health care, family planning, primary HIV/AIDS care, common skin diseases, etc