In South Africa approximately 2.6 million people are living with diabetes. That’s 9.3% of the population. In the poor urban communities the rate of hypertension among those over the age of 50 is estimated to be 78%, the highest rate for any country in the world at any time in history.
In 2012, the HOPE Centre was established to help meet the need. Located in an impoverished township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the clinic combines health screenings, delivery of quality primary care and support programs such as exercise classes and a community garden that promote patient self-care and chronic disease prevention.
Tshuma is thankful for the services being offered at the HOPE Centre. “The difference I notice between the HOPE Centre and other health facilities is that Project HOPE staff care for people,” said Tshuma. “They don’t just give medication but they educate patients as well. I now feel happy and well as a result of the care I have received.”
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