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Image: Good nutrition vital for our intellectual power as a nation Investing in childhood nutrition is essential for prosperity, particularly in a world where a nation’s greatest resource has become the intellectual power of its people. However, when one in five pre-schoolers is stunted and risks learning difficulties due to malnutrition, where micronutrient deficiencies permanently damage young brains, and where hunger limits the potential of over 3.2 million children’s performance at school – that resource is wasted.   Read More...

Image: Spectacles can mean the difference between success and failure for an underprivileged learner Sight is something most people take for granted, yet at least 239 million children suffer from impaired vision that could be corrected by spectacles.

 Since 80% of all learning occurs through vision, children who cannot afford spectacles are at a major disadvantage in education environments, which can lead to lower earning potential later in their lives. As we observe World Sight Day on 12 October, the Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS) encourages partners in the private sector, civil society, and government to support its efforts to address the issue of impaired vision that affects millions of underprivileged learners in South Africa.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Health, Social & Community
Image: kulula.com and the Red Cross WMCH launch a radio station for children by children The radio platform will enable the patients to share their experiences, concerns and questions with parents, health professionals and other children.

South Africa’s champion low-cost carrier kulula.com has partnered with the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town by donating funds to launch a first-of-its-kind radio station by children for children in Africa, RX Radio.
The donation of R150 000 made to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will contribute to the launch of the first child-produced radio station, where patients get trained as producers and presenters to assist other patients in their struggles to alleviate their anxiety and loneliness, whilst spending some time in hospital.   Read More...

Image: World Mental Health Day On 10 October 2017, IF joined the celebration of World Mental Health Day by launching our animation "Reclaiming my health", on the importance of mental health and well-being of people living with complex conditions such as Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. We want to seize the opportunity to highlight that both mental health and physical health are key to achieve balance in our lives.   Read More...

Image: Social media toolkit for World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day 2017! The 25th of October is a very important day coming up and we need you to take action!

We outlined a toolkit that will help raise awareness about the importance of mental health as part of integrated care for people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their families. Share this toolkit with colleagues, partners and friends and advocate with us on WSBHD! Read more   Read More...

Image: Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness - a perspective

The pink ribbon has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. Where did the pink ribbon originate? What does breast cancer awareness mean, and can it be used to improve the health of the majority of women in South Africa?

Image: Sasfin Cyclethon Spring into action for a good cause with the 2017 Sasfin Cyclethon at Melrose Arch

Want to celebrate spring with a bit of spinning action while doing your bit for charity at the same time? You can at the Sasfin Cyclethon, proudly hosted by Melrose Arch and powered by Planet Fitness on 16 September 2017, in support of the Smile Foundation and Hospice Wits.   Read More...

Education, Health
Image: Drug prevention programmes needed at schools

Children as young as six are exposed to and experimenting with substances like alcohol, dagga and glue. During Drug Awareness Week, which runs this week from 24 to 28 June, Hope House Counselling Centre is creating awareness around the impact that substances have on young people. The Cape Town based non-profit organisation runs prevention and intervention programmes at primary and high schools   Read More...

Health, Social & Community
Image: Hope House celebrates a milestone

Hope House Counselling Centre, a nonprofit organisation that provides donation-based individual, child, family and trauma counselling to the community has turned thirteen. Starting in the Lakeside lounge of its founder, Judy Strickland, the organisation now operates out of three fully-fledged centres in Bergvliet, Kuilsriver and Table View.   Read More...

Image: Top care provided by Paediatric Intensive Care Unit thanks to Sea Harvest - A R300 000 donation from their ‘Kids for Kids’ initiative.

When Inako was born on 21 September 2016 at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, Eastern Cape, doctors realised that she had a hole in her heart. She was immediately transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town for surgery. Following her operation Inako spent time recovering in the hospital’s Paediatric ICU where she received excellent care from doctors and nurses who used state of the art medical equipment.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Health, Sport
Image: Friends of Valkenberg Trust Annual Charity Golf Day The Friends of Valkenberg Trust (Friends) works in conjunction with medical staff at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospita

An enthusiastic group of golfers took a mental health day in support of the patients at Valkenberg Hospital, on 12 May 2017 at Rondebosch Golf Course. 


Image: Smoking causes permanent harm to babies, both before and after they are born Mothers who smoke during or after pregnancy not only affect their own health, but they can also cause permanent harm to their babies. As we observe Anti-Tobacco Campaign Month, it is our collective responsibility to educate and support mothers to both limit the harm that their smoking may cause to their children and to stop smoking altogether.   Read More...

Image: The Mpower Menstrual Cup A menstrual management solution for all women

The menstrual cup (MCup) is a non-absorbent reusable barrier cup that collects menstrual blood. It comes in 2 sizes and is made from medically approved 100% pure silicone (which means no impurities like colour) in an FDA certified factory AND is also now officially a certified “Proudly South African” product. See FDA link for Shaft Technical Mouldings: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ims/mkex/ims/ims-fr.cfm    Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Clover story of dairy unfolds during National School Health Week: 'School Health Week' in South Africa, what better way to keep this important conversation going, with a visit to Clover's Visitor centre.

In celebration of the important week, which has brought focus to healthcare at schools, Clover is delighted to introduce school children, scholars and teachers to the world of milk - which provides a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. Learners and their teachers are invited to come take a tour at their brand new facility that provides an educational and behind the scenes dairy and beverage experiences.   Read More...

Image: News from the Children's Hospital Trust Committed to improving neonatal healthcare in the W. Cape and raising funds to upgrade the Neonatal Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital

The increased space will prevent neonatal infections, improve efficiencies and provide an environment that is conducive to the physical and emotional health of babies.   Read More...

Image: CANCER AWARENESS CAN SAVE A LIFE Amina was always full of energy and loved playing outside with all of his friends, but a few months ago his mom started to notice how tired he was becoming. He was also experiencing some pain in his legs. They went to a private doctor, who referred them to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.   Read More...

Image: The sweetest way to save a child’s life “It gives us joy to bring communities together in the fight against childhood cancer and make a difference in so many children’s lives,” says Sandy.

There’s no easy way to deal with a child being diagnosed with cancer, but a group of ‘Cupcake Angels’ are determined to put their love of baking to good use to make a difference in the lives of child cancer patients in South Africa.   Read More...

Image: Have a heart for children with cancer The 15th of February 2017 is International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD).

This day was started as a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children with cancer, survivors and their families. In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% whereas in South Africa the rate is only at about 50%.   Read More...

Image: Care and Share 2016 Three teams from Old Mutual were recently “admitted” to Valkenberg to help the Friends of Valkenberg get reading for Christmas at the hospital.

The teams wrapped gifts, prepared party food and contributed to the cost of the activities which form part of a recovery programme that ensures that people in hospital over this period do not feel forgotten and remain connected to what is happening in their communities.   Read More...

Image: SANRAL ups its fight against HIV/AIDS The national construction industry is adversely affected by the depletion of skills most notably caused by HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Cape Town, 30 November 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has substantially stepped up its commitment with its landmark wellness programme now accessible to more than 2000 Workers on their Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) projects nationally.

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