Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) hosted its first donor and sponsor acknowledgement function on 18 February 2015 at its Head Office at Lynnwood, Pretoria.
The donors and sponsors that were acknowledged are those who have walked a long road with FPD, from humble beginnings to more recent years contributing to the FPD vision of building a better society through education and development. The aim of the function was to express gratitude and show appreciation for the value the donors and sponsors have added; and to strengthen the social relationships and build emotional engagement.
Among the organisations that partner with FPD; USAID, AstraZeneca and JHPIEGO graced us with their presence and they were recognised with certificates of acknowledgement.
In the words of USAID Southern Africa Director, Cheryl L. Anderson; “FPD has been an excellent partner in working with HIV/AIDS. It has the ability to enrich and develop people. USAID values FPD as a partner and how they are currently reaching out to other countries. The organisation is a great development and they manage phenomenon projects and programmes such as the currently operating Thuthuzela project.”
Prior to the acknowledgement function, FPD held its second annual donor dialogue focusing on issues around South Africa’s Quadruple Burden of Epidemics: Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), Gender Based Violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS.
FPD Managing Director, Gustaaf Wolvaardt was the first speaker and he discussed the HIV/AIDS topic. His talk was based on how to place another 2.4 million people on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART); and he presented the preliminary recommendations of the FPD research task team on scaling up testing and treatment. The study looked at models, suggestions and strategies that can be used to achieve the goal at doubling the number of people on ART.
Soul City programme director, Dr Susan Goldstein shared the preventive approaches to GBV. She highlighted that South Africa is known as the rape capital of the world with as many as 500 000 rapes taking place in a year and the shocking facts that rape perpetrators are people who are most often life partners, they have a higher education and they follow a particular religious belief. Dr Goldstein then presented cost effective interventions which includes; participatory group based interventions, gender norms training and community level mobilisation.
Prof. Bob Pattinson, director of the Medical Research council (MRC) discussed the problem and probable solutions in maternal and infant deaths. He shared that South Africa has a high maternal and prenatal mortality ratio. He also emphasized that the maternal deaths are greatly caused by non- pregnant related infections, haemorrhage and hypertension and the prenatal deaths caused by primary obstetric such as Intrapartum asphyxia and big trauma, spontaneous preterm birth and hypertension. Moreover, Major neonatal causes of prenatal deaths are hypoxia and immaturity. According to Prof. Pattinson’s statistics; 1700 mothers and 32000 children lose their lives per year due to these causes, therefore he proposed the following suggestions be put to place; prioritisation, knowledge and skilled health professionals, healthcare facilities with appropriate equipment, medications and staff, and emergency transport.
Prof Kelebogile Mokwena, HOD of Public Health at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University analysed factors that contribute to NCD’s which are mainly socially derived. In South Africa, the patterns of emerging NCD’s are mostly seen in poor people living in urban settings and this has a negative impact on the quality of healthcare as it increases the pressure on acute and chronic healthcare as services. She also provided recommendations for preventing, controlling and managing NCD’s amongst which include the recommendations, strategic plan to prevent and control NCD’s and strategic plans to prevent and manage NCD’s amongst which include; strengthening the district-based primary healthcare system, develop a national surveillance system and to apply interventions of proven cost-effectiveness across the health facilities.
This Donor Dialogue came at a time when the political commitment is strong and ambitious, when the funding environment is precariously uncertain and at a time when sustainable solutions need to be developed for a lasting impact. It covered critical issues that provide insights into trends and opportunities surrounding South Africa’s quadruple epidemics.