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Image: Minister Motsoaledi announces government initiatives to save lives through technology and innovation As we observed World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2016, 38 out of every 1 000 babies born in South Africa still die before the age of five. Although we have made great strides in antenatal and infant care over the past decade, many of these cases are entirely preventable if they are detected and treated early.   Read More...

Image: An interview with Maxwell: Recovery from mental illness

Due to the stigma attached to mental illness, an erroneous belief continues to exist that a diagnosis means a patient will never be a useful member of society.  Friends of Valkenberg know this to be untrue.  Here is Maxwell’s story to show you what a difference a combination of professional treatment and your support can make.

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Image: Meet MAX  ...... - A Skills Development Project intern, working in the “Friendly Shop"

Friends of Valkenberg run various recovery groups with the intention not only of teaching life skills, but also helping people into meaningful employment to end the cycle of poverty which often contributes to relapse. 



The “Voices of the Friends” had a chance to speak at the Friends of Valkenberg Trust AGM this year with service users and volunteers taking the stand with staff, to share their experiences of recovery from mental illness.   Read More...

Image: South African Activist David Barnard to Run the Grand to Grand Ultra in Support of the END Fund David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs

On September 25, 2016, David Barnard will take on the Grand to Grand Ultra in honour of the END Fund and the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. By participating in this extreme multi-stage race, David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs.   Read More...

Image: Sesame Workshop and Johnson & Johnson Team Up to Bring Critical Health Lessons to South Africa’s Eas Muppet Global Health Ambassador Raya Makes South African Debut In New Resources for Vulnerable Children

18 August, 2016 –East London, South Africa, and New York – Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind South Africa’s Takalani Sesame, and Johnson & Johnson today released new multimedia resources for children and caregivers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, focusing on critical health issues such as nutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).   Read More...

Image: Civil society comes together in Durban The International AIDS Conference in Durban brought the world to South Africa and showcased South Africa's AIDS response to the world. NACOSA staff gained much insight at a pre-conference symposium on Children and HIV.   Read More...

Image: Sea Harvest continues to invest in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust The Red Cross Children’s Hospital unveiled phase one of its new intensive care unit last week.

After an emotional unveiling of phase one of the new intensive care unit (ICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Sea Harvest has announced that it will continue its Kids for Kids project aimed at raising funds towards the completion of the hospital’s new intensive care facility. Since 2010, Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids project has donated a total of R1.6 million to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the hospital’s fundraising arm, thanks to the support of its consumers.   Read More...

Image: CHOMA DREAMS CAFÉS Creating safe, connected spaces for young women to reduce HIV risk

HIVSA, a leading South African not-for-profit organisation offering HIV related services, unveiled the CHOMA Dreams Cafés today at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, Jean Armstrong and Charlize Theron, supported the launch and spoke about how this groundbreaking initiative hopes to provide vulnerable young women between the ages of 15 and 25 with safe, connected and empowering spaces to access health information, social services, life skills training, and support from peers and mentors; herewith a release with more information.   Read More...

Image: HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference
On the eve of the 21st International AIDS Conference taking place in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.   Read More...

Image: ACHAM’s Educational Theatre brings huge behaviour change More than a decade of resounding and immeasurable success attaining behaviour change in the ranks of thousands regarding the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

This is what the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management (ACHAM) can proudly lay claim to – its Educational Theatre Group, established ten years ago, can boast a track record second to none. The Group’s extremely popular flagship production of Lucky the Hero! has proved to be a model of superb quality disseminating necessary and vital information in a highly educational and entertaining format through-out at least five of the country’s nine provinces.   Read More...

Image: Up your game with Friends this Casual Day We invite you to assist patients RECOVERING from mental illnesses at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital to return successfully to their communities.

Please support Friends in this fundraising opportunity in our fourth year of collaboration with the National CASUAL DAY campaign. The campaign encourages you to join the thousands of South Africans who demonstrate that small actions can make a huge difference, by purchasing and wearing a Casual Day sticker on Friday, 2nd September, in support of people with disabilities.

ALL THE NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Motivation, the key to performance improvement in the workplace Rosebank College has initiated the Education Wellness Programme, which focuses on a healthy mind and attitude, fundamental to making happy employees

31 May 2016:  Happy employees make all the difference in ensuring that companies meet their targets and that staff retention and productivity remain high.   Read More...

Image: Mental Health Goes Mobile in Khayelitsha Banetsi Andreas Mphunga officially launched his mobile counselling clinic in partnership with the South African College of Applied Psychology.

Like every other South African township, on the streets of Khayelitsha, the minibus is ubiquitous. But only one of them has counselling and support as its purpose, and it belongs to Banetsi Andreas Mphunga. A psychology graduate, and one of just a handful of Registered Counsellors available to the almost 400 000-strong population of Khayelitsha, Banetsi is so committed to providing mental health support to his community that he bought a combi and transformed it into a mobile counselling clinic.   Read More...

Image: Engen spreads a smile Ironman Smile Foundation partner with Engen to spread some smiles
Four years ago a short 50 metre stroll left Engen service station owner Helder Silva short of breath. Three years later, the owner of Engen North End Convenience Centre completed his first gruelling IronMan Triathlon. On 10 April 2016 he did it again, swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running 42.2km in just 13 hours and 19 minutes.   Read More...

Image: SEA HARVEST donation helps Red Cross Children’s Hospital move closer to a bigger & better ICU Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover.

Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover by Sea Harvest to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The funds are the result of Sea Harvest Kids for Kids initiative, which has been going for six years and donates a portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products to the Children’s Hospital Trust.   Read More...


With the World HIV/AIDS Conference being held in SA this year during June there is this initiative by SANAC to collect Quilts from all sectors. Each sector is required to produce quilts that will form part of the 50,000 quilts that South Africa under the banner of SANAC will display in the street of Durban during the 2016 International AIDS Conference.


ALL THE NEWS , Health, Palliative Care
Image: Paedspal -  Paediatric Palliative Care unit opens in the Western Cape First of it's kind in WC, the unit will provide care and support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses in Cape Town.

The Paedspal Palliative Care out patient unit was officially opened at the Rondebosch Medical Centre last week.

Paedspal Cape Town is a public-private partnership programme that provides care and support for children living with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses in Cape Town. The name is a play on words with the ‘pal’ being a shortening of the word ‘palliative’ as well as a colloquial word for ‘friend’.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Health, Social & Community
Image: Clover's Community Mamas help provide food to the needy South Africa’s current drought crisis has caused a decline in farming output and has heavily increased food prices

April is Health Awareness month, and while many are encouraged to eat the right foods, one has to raise the question of whether people in South Africa, especially the poor, are getting the right nutrition to live a healthy life. The poor are especially getting the right nutrition to live a healthy life. South Africa’s current drought crisis has caused a decline in farming output and has heavily increased food prices. This has had a devastating impact on food security and the wellbeing of the poor as they are unable to afford food that contains the right nutrition that is essential to fight off infections. Luckily, there are community heroes who step in to provide to those who need it most.   Read More...

Image: Optimist Greg Bertish to embark on 24hour endurance fundraiser on 4-5 March at the V&A Funds raised will contribute to the expansion and the upgrade of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the RRCWMCH

Greg Bertish – being the optimist that he is – believes that he can conquer all odds in a tiny 8 foot by 3.5 foot dinghy, aptly named ‘The Optimist’, to inspire and promote positive belief in children while raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Trust. The Optimist (Opi) is a single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15.   Read More...

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