A health professional’s reflections on her own health and wellbeing and its contribution towards the Millennium Goals of South Africa

  • Aziza Kalam University of the Western Cape



The focus of this paper is to share my reflections, using the Kolb’s Cycle, on my own cultural practices and its effect on lifestyle choices as a health professional, teacher and mother, in relation to South Africa’s Millennium goals (2013-2017). In my capacity as a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Occupational Therapy (OT) department, I was supervising two Botswana students, who were placed for their community fieldwork placement, in a low socio-economic suburb within Cape Town, South Africa. This community was similar to mine, where I grew up and the students’ observations and bewilderment about the community members’ behaviors, mentioned in their fieldwork portfolio files, triggered the self-reflection about my values and beliefs, regarding non-communicable diseases and its impact on the quality of our lives and that of our future generations.


Key words: Clinical reasoning, community, health and well-being, health professionals, Millennium Goals, non-communicable diseases, reflective practitioners.

Author Biography

Aziza Kalam, University of the Western Cape
Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Western Cape


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