@madalzo, Healthcare Advocate
“You are who we have been waiting for. We are who we have been waiting for. The best way to get involved is to start.”
These words from Dr. Dulcy Rakumakoe illustrate the exact person she is as well as her impact within the queer community and the broader healthcare industry.
The doctor grew up in Temba, just outside of Pretoria and her journey in life has led her to launch medical centers to provide healthcare for low to middle income South Africans.
U Care is an innovative solution to patient-focused healthcare that is also affordable – an urgent solution that is accessible to all.
“I saw how people were struggling to access healthcare. People would travel plus-minus 100kms just to see a doctor. I thought that is unfair and I must do something,” she has said. “A queer warrior is someone who stands up for the rights of queer bodies. Who fights for the respect and the dignity of the community.”
As a healthcare entrepreneur, Rakumakoe saw the barriers that the queer community faces to access healthcare and decided to take it on. Most of her work focuses on ensuring that the community has healthcare access that respects their dignity and allows them to be themselves.
Knowing that the community has healthcare that surpasses homophobic attitudes, where they are treated with love, care and kindness is show she knows she has done her job well.
Words: Tshegofatso Senne