What is Ubuntu?
Most commonly, the term Ubuntu has come to mean "humanity." It is often translated as "I am because we are," or "humanity towards others," or in Xhosa, "umntu ngumntu ngabantu" or "the belief of a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
“In the context of our research, Ubuntu is both capacity building and ability of individuals to navigate their way to sustaining the well-being of others.
Our approach of Ubuntu
We need to understand and consider the role of culture and context of promoting the interconnectedness and interrelationships that exist between human. The values of the ubuntu include Compassion, humility, solidarity, equity, mutual responsibility, social justice, communalism and interdependence. Ubuntu promotes communality over individualism.
Ubuntu community model in nursing research
Ubuntu community model of nursing research is a 5-year progressive and renewable research project (see Figure 1) awarded to Prof Mavis Mulaudzi as the South African Research Chair in Ubuntu Community Model of Nursing hosted by the University of Pretoria. The project is pioneering a multidisciplinary initiative to empower nurses and members of the community on the principles of Ubuntu sponsored by the National Research Foundation. The aim of the project is to improve universal access to health, health care and health outcomes of people in remote, rural and under-resourced communities by developing, piloting and implementing an Ubuntu-Innovation model, approach and principles for co-production and convergence of indigenous and biomedical knowledge.
Figure 1: Overview of the overall project focus for the five years