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Health

Quality healthcare is an essential ingredient of whole community upliftment and well-being. The Health portfolio adopts a holistic approach that incorporates disease prevention, early detection, treatment, care and support for HIV/AIDS , TB and a range of other lifestyle diseases.


Bringing tangible difference to communities

The well-being of a community is inextricably linked to the health of its people. Without good health, people cannot enjoy the benefits of improved education and economic opportunities created by the MTN SA Foundation. For the past four years, the MTN SA Foundation has been entrenching health projects in its six cluster communities in line with its integrated strategy. This strategy seeks to have a lasting and sustainable impact in promoting healthy life styles and encouraging behaviour change.


Telemedicine

Telemedicine

MTN, as an innovative company, has sought to utilize technology such as telemedicine to deliver smart health care solutions to rural areas. MTN SA Foundation is about making a tangible difference in the communities through the use of ICT.

The telemedicine project provides just the vehicle to touch the lives of the rural communities by making it easier for them to get specialist medical care without having to travel to faraway places. MTN understands the role ICT can play as an enabler in the many challenges faced by the health sector. The MTN Foundation has donated more than R8 million since 2008 towards the Telemedicine Project.


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Peer educator Life skill programmes

The Peer-educator Life Skills Programme partners with local organisations and high schools to educate and encourage behaviour change in learners and provide much needed support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

The programme was initiated in 2008 in six provinces of South Africa. The Foundation undertakes the programme together with implementing partners. The programme is implemented in 55 high schools where 3000 learners were trained as peer educators and their educators attended mentoring workshops. The training aims to empower the learners with accurate information on teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, drug abuse and issues related to OVC. This is coupled with an exploration of personal values linked to the issues, and a transfer of skills for peer education at schools, including communication and group-work. The learners then take their knowledge and share it with their school friends. To ensure sustainability additional programmes such as recycling and vegetable gardening have been introduced.


Soul Buddyz Programme

The Soul Buddyz Club project is implemented in partnership with Soul City in selected primary schools since 2009. The Clubs provide a vehicle that assist learners to build their skills and knowledge and promote learner participation in self- help projects such as food gardens to alleviate poverty, learning and development such as awareness on teenage pregnancy and drug abuse. Both the peer education and Soul Buddyz Club programmes are aligned to the Life Orientation school curriculum. Through MTN SA Foundation’s support, the number of Soul Buddyz Clubs has grown to 8 000, with more than 182 000 members in the last two years.


Community Health Screening Campaign

Health screening campaigns are aimed at promoting healthy life styles, early detection of chronic and life style diseases and early referrals to health facilities. The MTN SA Foundation has facilitated successful campaigns in partnership with government departments including the commemoration of World AIDS Day in various communities since 2009. Over 30 000 community members have been reached through the campaign since its inception. Community members get tested for TB, HIV, hyper-tension and other diseases; screening for breast Cancer was included for the first time in 2012. Facilities are also made available for community members to apply for government grants and identity documents on the day.

More than 500 Local AIDS Council (LAC) members have completed training in Kwazulu Natal Mpumalanga Province, North West and Free State to strengthen their capacity to deliver projects at a local level and thus fulfil the mandate of both the Provincial AIDS Council s and the South African AIDS Council.

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