HOPE Cape Town Distributes Samsung Tablets to Community Health Workers
As part of their ongoing development and training, HOPE Cape Town recently distributed brand new Samsung Galaxy tablets to its 24 Community Health Workers.
The tablets have been pre-loaded with useful data, including illustrated presentations and videos for patient education, recent and relevant TB and HIV related guidelines, various tools for counseling and disclosure, a wide range of reading materials, useful contact numbers, illustrated human anatomy charts and copies of training material. This data will be updated regularly and whenever the community health workers attend monthly training, new information will automatically upload to their tablets. The tablets will be fantastic tools for the community health workers in their clinics and communities, as they interact with and educate patients.
According to HOPE Cape Town Donor Relations Manager, “The better equipped our Community Health Workers, the better the service they render to the community. As far as we know, our Community Health Workers are the first in South Africa to make use of tablet technology for teaching and learning at grass-roots level. We thank the German Consulate in Cape Town for so generously supporting our blended learning programme and our training coordinator Dr. Sue Purchase for ensuring effective technology based learning programmes are implemented.”
French Consul General Visits HOPE Cape Town
HOPE Cape Town recently hosted Mr Xavier d’Argoeuves, Consul of France in Cape Town.
During his visit he went to Delft Clinic, where our HOPE Community Health Worker gave him a tour of the facility and showed him first hand the impact of the work that we do.
He also visited our project in Blikkiesdorp and spoke to local residents who highlighted the challenges they face.
We thank him for his interest in our projects and look forward to welcoming him again.
HOPE Cape Town welcomed a delegation to Blikkiesdorp.
On 16 August 2014 HOPE Cape Town welcomed a delegation to Blikkiesdorp.
Kerstin Behlau, Pauline Jooste and Gerald Flagg presented the work of HOPE Cape Town to the delegation. During the walk through Blikkiesdorp the German guests gained an insight into the tough life that people face day to day in a South African township.
Mrs. Pfeiffer is the chairperson of CDU/CSU working group on economic cooperation and development, as well as member of the advisory board of the German Evaluation Institute of Development and Cooperation.
Other participants of the delegation were Consul General Dr Bernd Rinnert, Dr Holger (Dix/Country Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Dr Georg Kippels (MdB), Dr Katja Pohlmann and Christina Teichmann (Project Manager), Konrad-Adenauer (Stiftung in Cape Town).
HOPE Cape Town brings joy to little ones
HOPE Cape Town recently brought joy to the children of Blikkiesdorp in Delft with a donation of toys.
According to HOPE Cape Town Donor Relations Manager, “As part of our outreach initiative we have recently secured R200 000 worth of toys with the support of a donor. Our plan is to distribute many of these toys to children in the various communities that we serve. We have also committed to establishing toy libraries in various impoverished communities allowing children to access toys that they would otherwise never be able to afford. Our main objective is to bring joy to these children but there is also an underlying component of learning through play.”
Docrat continued, “Today we started off the distribution process by handing over toys to children at a crèche in Blikkiesdorp. Seeing the children’s faces was fantastic. We also handed over some toys to babies that are under our care at Tygerberg Hospital. We will be distributing more toys and establishing our toy libraries in the coming months.”
HOPE Cape Town showcases research at 58th Annual Academic Day
HOPE Cape Town Doctors Sue Purchase and Jayne Cunningham presented their research poster entitled “HIV genotypic resistance testing in children in the Western Cape” at the 58th Annual Academic Day at Stellenbosch University.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences hosted this exciting annual event on Wednesday 13 August 2014, and it served as a showcase for the latest research by under- and postgraduate students and researchers of Tygerberg Campus.
At the Tygerberg Academic Campus there are approximately 2500 under- and postgraduate medical students, 700 medical doctors including 150 specialists, and a number of allied health professionals, in addition to other hospital and University staff. The campus and Tygerberg hospital complex has a staff component of about 7000 individuals and the hospital has a similar number of patients per day.
HOPE Cape Town Doctor selected to attend 12th Advanced HIV Course from 27-29 August 2014 in France
HOPE Cape Town Doctor, Dr Jayne Cunningham was recently selected by the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Review Committee to participate in the 12th Advanced HIV Course from 27 - 29 August 2014 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Dr Cunningham was selected for one of the 50 available spaces out of over 170 candidates and has received a full scholarship to cover all the expenses.
She is the only participant attending from South Africa and the other participants come from far and wide including countries like Denmark, Georgia, Colombia and Ethiopia.
She will be attending the 3 day clinical program followed by a 3 day workshop on clinical research.
According to Donor Relations Manager, Fahim Docrat, “We are thrilled that Jayne will have this opportunity to learn a lot from this time but also to impart some of her South African experience and expertise in the field of HIV, to other participants. Jayne is currently conducting research for us and also staffs clinic in communities that we serve. Her selection serves to acknowledge the work that we do and the impact that we have on the lives of those that are infected and affected by HIV/Aids.”
HOPE Cape Town murder of young patient
HOPE Cape Town has joined all South Africans in condemning the senseless murder of a 13 year old boy in the Western Cape community of Wesbank at the weekend.
The boy, who had been in the care of HOPE Cape Town for many years, was caught in gang related crossfire and died from a bullet wound to the head.
According to spokesperson for the organisation, Mr Fahim Docrat, “We are outraged by this act of violence and are personally affected especially because of the relationship we had with this young man. We have supported him and his family for many years now and were very pleased with his progress and the bright future he had. It is unacceptable that our children are exposed to such violence on a daily basis and is an indictment on our society raising serious concerns. The levels of crime in such communities and the underlying socio-economic factors need to be addressed as a matter of urgency and we call on government for support and intervention and communities to take a stand against crime. This further highlights the dangers our 24 HOPE Community Health Workers face on a daily basis when working in such communities.”
HOPE Cape Town is supporting the family by assisting with funeral arrangements for this weekend.
HOPE Cape Town Mandela Day Breakfast
HOPE Cape Town staff dedicated their time on Mandela day to feeding the children of the Blikkiesdorp community in Delft.
The organisations spokesperson, Mr Fahim Docrat said, “We started at around 8am and expected to feed around 200 children. We ended up feeding over 600 children and adults. Fortunately with the support of Spar Corporate and Spar stores in Milnerton, Gardens and the Neelsie in Stellenbosch we had enough porridge, fruit and yogurt for everyone. We also provided fun activities and entertainment for the children. It was truly a moving experience to see how appreciative these little kids were and we are reminded that there is lots more work for us to do.”
He continued, “Communities like Blikkiesdorp need all the help they can get from government and wider society. They are truly impoverished and HOPE Cape Town’s programmes in the community seek to improve nutrition and the general quality of life while also focussing on upskilling individuals and providing access to health care. We encourage others to do their bit to also positively impact and make a difference in the lives of the needy. This was Madiba’s vision and the true spirit of Ubuntu.”
HOPE Cape Town is located at the Medical School of the University of Stellenbosch – Tygerberg Campus and is a non-profit organization providing outreach, education and counselling at community level, focusing on HIV/AIDS and TB in the Western Cape.
HOPE Cape Town is linked to the University of Stellenbosch and cooperates with the department of Paediatrics and “KID-CRU”, the Tygerberg Hospital research unit for paediatric infectious diseases.
HOPE Cape Town began their work in 2001 with its mission to impact the communities they work in and have been very successful to date. Having expanded their services to address the increasing need they are now more reliant on the generosity of business and individuals to help fund their programmes.
To support HOPE Cape Town or find out more about the work they do, please contact Fahim Docrat on 021 9389339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hopecapetown.com
HOPE Cape Town distributes Cooler Bags
HOPE Cape Town with the generous support of Ein Herz Fur Kinder from Germany, recently distributed cooler bags to young patients at Delft Clinic.
According to Donor Relations Manager, Mr Fahim Docrat, “We have been working in this community for many years now and have identified the need to encourage our patients to take their medication. Our Drs, Dr Jayne Cunningham and Dr Sue Purchase regularly counsel patients on the importance of adherence.”
Program Coordinator, Dr Izane Reyneke added, “With the distribution of these 250 high quality cooler bags, we have now made it that much easier to store and take medication. We are hopeful that we can continue to impact this community and make a difference in people’s lives.”
Tribute to Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice Chancellor of Stellenbosch University
“HOPE Cape Town is saddened at the news of Prof Botman’s passing. He was an individual that promoted HOPE and transformation. We thank him for his contribution and pray that he rests in peace.”
Rev. Father Stefan Hippler
Chair of HOPE Cape Town Trust
HOPE Comes to Blikkies for Youth Day
As part of Youth Day celebrations, HOPE Cape Town distributed clothing to youth and other residents at Blikkiesdorp settlement.
According to HOPE Cape Town’s Donor Relations Manager, “We have been involved with the Blikkiesdorp community for many years now. As part of our continuing outreach program we established a vegetable garden that feeds local residents. Our dietician, social worker and occupational therapist also have weekly sessions with locals where they are counselled and advised on healthy living and are equipped with coping skills and supported by our wider team. We also teach parenting skills and have implemented play therapy sessions.”
He continued, “While the focus of our work is to address the HIV/Aids and TB pandemic, we do this within the wider social context and as part of our approach, we also address issues of poverty. To fully address the pandemic, one needs to create an environment that is conducive and supportive of treatment that goes beyond the dispensing of medication. Blikkiesdorp is just one of 20 communities that we currently operate in and we hope that we can have a positive impact through our efforts.”
HOPE Cape Town also supports the local soccer club, Blikkesdorp United, which has 6 teams and have benefitted from sponsorships for food, soccer kits and club events. They played a football match on Youth Day to mark the celebrations. HOPE Cape Town’s work in Blikkiesdorp continues.
To support HOPE Cape Town or find out more about the work they do, please contact Fahim Docrat on 021 9389330 or email email@example.com
Ball of HOPE Raises Crucial Funds
HOPE Cape Town and the SA German Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Westin Hotel recently hosted the annual Ball of HOPE to raise awareness and funding for efforts at addressing the HIV/ AIDS and TB pandemic that is affecting South Africa.
Children’s Day in Manenberg
The champion German athlete, Kamghe Gaba, spent quality time with 200 children in Manenberg on Children’s Day. Kamghe, and his organisation My Chain for Happiness, donated a new jungle gym and entertained the children of this township with live shows. Special thanks goes out to Kamghe, Le Eat for providing the food as well as everyone else who were involved in making this day a success.
Visit to Blikkiesdorp
A Bavarian delegation, led by State Minister, Mrs Beate Merk, visited the temporary settlement Blikkiesdorp last Friday. Stefan Hippler presented our projects and underlined how important the partnership between Bavaria and the Western Cape for Hope Cape Town and especially for Blikkiesdorp is. At the tour through Blikkiesdorp the State Minister for Europe and Regional Relations was introduced to the situation for the people in the settlement and realized how important the work of HOPE Cape Town is for the community.
We like to thank State Minister Merk and all the members of the delegation for the opportunity to present HOPE Cape Town and our future projects.
Farewell and thank you to Ecotrophology students from Germany
We recently bid a fond farewell to a group of Ecotrophology students from the University of Applied Sciences, Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach, Germany. They have been in Cape Town for the past four weeks working at our project in Blikkiesdorp and at the Holy Family Youth Development Centre. During their time in Cape Town, the students conducted talks on nutrition and hygiene, provided cooking lessons and cooked meals, played with the children and assisted with the gardening and beading projects.
They concluded their visit to Cape Town by presenting to some of the HOPE Cape Town and Holy Family Youth Development Centre staff educational videos they had made at Blikkiesdorp and at the Youth Centre.
We thank them all for sharing their skills with the community we serve and care for, and wish them all the very best with their respective careers.
Pictured here in the back row from left to right are Pauline Jooste, Janine Schmidt, Ute Gellrich, Sonia Daniels, Marc Vollmer, Eloise Christians and Ricardo Cupido. In the front row from left to right are Olga Hanis, Kerstin Behlau and Roman Bezuidenhoud.
HOPE Cape Town brings HOPE to a young girl with AIDS
Dr Jayne Cunningham, medical doctor at HOPE Cape Town, first met Nandi on Friday 21st February 2014 at the Delft Paediatric ARV Clinic. She had been asked to see her by a colleague from Tygerberg hospital as Nandi had recently been discharged from the hospital and required urgent follow up. Nandi’s elderly granny lives in Delft and could not afford the taxi fares to and from Tygerberg hospital.
Nandi, who has AIDS (CD4 = 30), was recently admitted with severe oral thrush, loss of weight and diarrhoea. Nandi’s mother died of AIDS in 2012 and her father lives in Johannesburg but has not maintained contact with Nandi and her siblings. Nandi lives with her elderly granny but was also accompanied to the clinic by an aunt.
She is a happy child despite being extremely underweight and anaemic. What struck Jayne most however was Nandi’s sparse hair and torn school clothes. It quickly became apparent to Mariam Roelofse, HOPE Community Health Worker (HCHW) at Tygerberg Hospital, that the granny was coughing, unwell and not able to cope with being the caregiver for Nandi. Mariam therefore contacted another HCHW at Delft South Clinic and arranged for the granny to be met the following day to be screened for TB.
It was then suggested that the aunt take over the care of Nandi in the interim. She was taught how to give the anti-retroviral medicine (ARVs) to Nandi and to pack the ARV pill box.
Nandi will require close monitoring of her medical condition, nutritional status and the social circumstances in which she is now living. HOPE Cape Town’s HCHWs in Blikkiesdorp will now be able to follow up on Nandi’s care as her aunt lives in Blikkiesdorp close to the HOPE Cape Town container.
We at HOPE Cape Town aim to support Nandi on her road to health medically, emotionally as well as ensuring that she attends school. At present her school fees are unpaid for 2014 and she does not have a proper school uniform nor book bag.
Pictured here is Pauline Jooste and Nandi
HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers to improve their skills at the University of Cape Town (UCT)
We are delighted to announce that 10 HOPE Community Health Workers (HCHW's) have been selected to attend the following UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Education courses:
1. Advanced Clinical Counselling - the goal of this course is to develop:
- their effective communication and counselling skills applicable to all age-groups in healthcare settings
- competency in appropriate selection and use of assessment and referral procedures and therapeutic counselling tools and techniques
2. Health Literacy - the goal of this course is to develop:
- their knowledge base of human biology, causes and treatment of disease, with particular focus on infectious diseases including HIV, and management of chronic illnesses
- critical thinking and written and verbal presentation skills
- effective communication and use of health promotion materials and treatment literacy tools for adults youth and children, across linguistic and cultural barriers
- competency in psychosocial screening and referral
- basic computer skills
The HCHW's participating in these two year courses are Mariam Roelofse, Ncebakazi Fata, Karen Madaha, Michelle Jochems, Dandelene Sylvester, Bonita Marinus, Kekeletso Lebeta, Violet Otto, Sonia Daniels and Devitia Swartbooi.
We wish them all the best!
A Tribute to Archbishop Lawrence Patrick Henry – 1934 - 2014
On March 5, 2014, Archbishop Lawrence Patrick Henry, a friend and supporter of the HOPE Cape Town, sadly passed away.
Born in 1934, Lawrence Patrick Henry was ordained as Priest of Cape Town on 22 December 1962. In 1987 he was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town and as Titular Bishop of Cenculiana. 1987 he ordained as Bishop and was appointed and installed as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1990. On 18 December 2009 he retired has Archbishop of Cape Town.
Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler, founding member of HOPE Cape Town and Chairperson of the board of trustees of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, worked with Archbishop Henry since 1997 and only through the support of Archbishop Henry, Stefan was able to found HOPE Cape Town. Later, Archbishop Henry was actively involved in the work of HOPE Cape Town and attended the Ball of HOPE every year.
Archbishop Henry’s service to humanity and the amazing impact he made on society is living evidence of the “Power of One”.
Archbishop Henry holds a special place in the history of HOPE Cape Town and he will be long remembered by the Boards, Management and staff. Rest in Peace Archbishop Henry.
Pictured here at the Ball of Hope, is Archbishop Henry, Anja Tambusso-Ferraz (SA-German Chamber of Commerce) and Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler
HOPE Cape Town welcomes our new Volunteer from Germany
HOPE Cape Town welcomes our new Volunteer from Germany, Sebastian Kabst who joined us this week. Sebastian who is 24 years old, is at present in his final year as a Political Science student at the University of Osnabruck. He found out about us whilst reading Stefan Hippler’s book God AIDS Africa. He was inspired by the work we do in the communities we serve in Cape Town that he decided to take a three month break from studying to become one of our volunteers.
He will be assisting our Care & Support Coordinator, Sonia Daniels in the Ithemba Ward at the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. He will also be visiting and helping at many of our community projects, doing translations and general administration work. We wish him a happy, informative and rewarding time with us. Sebastian is pictured here with ‘Pretty’, one of our special patients we care for.
Farewell Rochelle Paka
The Management and Staff at HOPE Cape Town congratulate HOPE Community Healthcare Worker (HCHW), Rochelle Paka for being accepted by the University of the Western Cape to study for her nursing degree (BCur). The sad news is that she will be leaving us.
The good news is that thanks to all the practical experience she gained whilst working as a HCHW at HOPE Cape Town, she now has the fantastic opportunity to further her career in primary healthcare. Rochelle held the position as a HCHW at the Goodwood Clinic for over five years. We thank her for her invaluable and dedicated service. We wish her all the best for the future!
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