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ZAH Mamelodi Community Initiative

08 Aug 2016

 

This initiative, organised by the Department of Social Work at the University of Pretoria, sought to bring together the Hospital’s nursing service, the Department of Health, Sun Gardens Hospice and CANSA in a collaborative event held on the 22nd of July 2016.

The ZAH nursing students, under the mentorship of Sr. Helene Hattingh, assisted hundreds of community members by testing their blood pressure and blood sugar levels, handing out fresh fruit, juices and blankets, and referring them to a clinic if it was found that their blood sugar or blood pressure was higher than normal.

The need in the Nelmapius community of Mamelodi is evident.  We are disheartened by the fact that the demand will always grossly outweigh the supply and we will never be able to help everyone. Even though our blankets quickly ran out we were fortunate to have an adequate supply of fruit and juices for most of the people who came in for tests.  

The ZAH team was shocked by the number of young babies and children we met on the day and realised that the need for child immunisations and education surrounding family planning is of pivotal importance in this community. It is certainly something we would like to organise in the future.

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital would like to return to the venue in early 2017 for another community initiative, and trust that in time we can make a lasting difference in the community of Mamelodi.

A big thank-you goes out to our hospital management for sponsoring this initiative, as well as to every staff member who bought or donated a blanket to the cause.

If 200 people can live healthier and 90 people can sleep warmer tonight, we know we have achieved what we have set out to do. 

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