We generally have a good system at home: no matter what happens, there is always a bedtime story. Generally. But there are those days when extra murals run late, homework piles up and before you know it, time has slipped by before we have had a moment to read. As a result, I have had to sometimes get creative with my family to sneak reading into our everyday lives - even if it is just 15 minutes a day.
With a recent flood of child abuse related media coverage, the nonprofit organisation Community Keepers is using Child Protection week (1-8 June) to raise awareness about this very important topic. The protection of our children is everyone’s responsibility. Are you able to identify the signs of child abuse and would you know what to do? Community Keepers offers tips and advice on this topic. The following measures can be introduced in order to prevent sexual abuse:
The Global Health for Social Change Internship (GHSCI) is an unpaid field placement programme that offers an opportunity for students to be embedded with a local or international public health non-governmental organisation (NGO) - while experiencing total cultural immersion by living with a host family.
25 May 2014 Fellow South Africans, Ladies and gentlemen of the media, I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections. I announced on Saturday, 24 May 2014, that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation.
The Western Cape info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 1 200 organisations in the Western Cape involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision. Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province.
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has successfully sourced funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the implementation of the communities forward rant over the period January 2014 to January 2019. FPD is the only prime recipient on this grant and three sub-recipients have been contracted; Society for Family Health (SFH), FHI360 and Humana People to People. USAID has identified 14 priority districts for implementation of the grant.
Mesedi.org (Medical Service Directory) is a North-Star Alliance funded FPD Compass initiative that seeks to create an easy to access directory of health services in the SADC region.
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in partnership with the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence against Women (NCK) and Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden have completed the three year Gender-Based Violence Capacity Development Project through a generous grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. SIDA donated six million Swedish Kronor (SEK 6 000) towards the success of the project. The overall objectives of the project were:
The adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention to lifelong HIV care and treatment remain major challenges in many countries in the developing world. Whilst the South African ARV treatment programme has been rapidly scaled up, adherence to ART and retention in care has been estimated to be at less than 60 percent after more than four years on treatment.
Phumeza Tisile, one of only a few South Africans who beat XDR-TB each year, will be going to the World Health Assembly to demand urgent change in the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), change which will save lives. Drug-resistant TB is on the rise in South Africa, with 15 000 cases diagnosed last year, double the number of cases recorded only four years before. Khayelitsha, where an Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is located, has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world.