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Posted By: Stefan Lawson on March 8, 2011

Labels: Africa , South Africa , Chronic Disease

HOPE Centre Screenings

We are preparing to launch the HOPE Centre project in South Africa with three community screening events - one in Zandspruit, one in Cosmo City and one in Kya Sand. These screening events will be publicized on the local radio station, through the local clinic and through other "bush communication" mechanisms! We anticipate running these screening events at the end of March.

The aim of the screening days is to help raise awareness in these communities about the growing risks of non-communicable disease (NCD) such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease. We also want to begin identifying people who are at risk of developing NCDs so that we can prevent its onset and refer people who need follow-up investigation to our new clinic and the new set of services that it will bring to these communities.

During the screening days we will have a nurse and a couple of community health workers who will take blood pressure, BMI and blood glucose as well as provide some basic health and nutrition education. It is anticipated that at each event, we will screen between 300-400 people.

We need your help!

Each individual screening costs approximately $3.50, which includes the nurses’ time, medical supplies and health materials. In addition we need to purchase a Gazebo and portable table and chairs that can be used. Therefore we are looking to raise a total of $5,000 to cover these costs.

Please, would you consider donating to this great cause? A $100 donation could screen 29 people!

Visit our Giving Catalog today to sponsor our chronic disease screening event in South Africa.

I look forward to keeping in touch and posting some pictures of our screening days on the blog! Thanks for reading!

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