Here at Sweet Life, we love supporting anyone who is offering free healthcare advice and services to those in need. Take a look at what the Rotary Club of Newlands is doing – inspiring stuff!
Civil society, big business and the Government will team up from the 2nd to the 4th April 2014 to promote family healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign that provides comprehensive, free health care services to tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.
Services over the three days will include HIV counselling and testing, screening for TB, diabetes and blood pressure, measles vaccinations, deworming and the dispensing of Vitamin A and more!
This programme is Rotary-led by the global Rotarian Action Group, Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). This action group is the mobilizing partner of Rotary International in the area of disease prevention programs. RFHA has received an unprecedented commitment from the South African Department of Health (NDoH), The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the US Government Agencies – CDC (US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) and USAID, as well as the SABC and Caxton as primary media partners.
The Rotary Family Health Days are a comprehensive, holistic offering of free healthcare for parents, children, grandparents, friends and all family members in over 145 sites across the country. Approximately 4,000 Rotarians from 225 Rotary Clubs will be volunteering between 09:00 – 16:00 daily and working the sites to assist the medical staff and deliver the services to South Africans.
“The Rotary Club of Newlands is working with both the City and Provincial Health Departments and with local NGOs as part of this national event. We look forward to delivering three days of wide-ranging family healthcare services, with a dash of fun, to the communities in Masiphumele and to Mfuleni,” says Club President Menno de Wet. “We will be at the civic hall near the local clinic in Masiphumelele and Mfuleni, near Blue Downs, at a Shoprite shopping centre,” concludes de Wet.
Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company in the Western and Northern Cape) will be keeping the volunteers hydrated with Bonaqua water.
It is the vision of RFHA, Rotary leaders and other partners to expand the health event each year to other African countries. In 2014, the RFHD Programme will run in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho through the month of April.