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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...




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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. 

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HEADLINES, Health
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...



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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...




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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...




HEADLINES, Health
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...



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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...




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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...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
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...




COMPANY NEWS , Health, HIV/AIDS
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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HEADLINES, Health
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...



Health
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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Health, Videos
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. 

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Health

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...




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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...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
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...




HEADLINES, Health
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...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
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...




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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...



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