Our Clinic Staff

On Average, we see about 40 patients a day in our clinc at Zandspruit.

The Clinic

Patients can schedule appointments to limit their waiting time.

Educating Patients

Calsses are held daily to assist our patients in achieving healthier lifestyles.

Our Community Garden

Ladies within the community tend to our gardens. The produce is sold to local businesses.

Project HOPE 2010 Annual Report

Project HOPE has just published its 2010 annual report entitled, "HOPE Endures." It gives a great overview of what has been going on around the world in the various Project HOPE locations. Check out page 5 which gives a brief overview of our new project in South Africa.

I have also put it on the right hand side under "More Information" if it takes a while to download.

The picture of the Lawson family in it is a little bit dated, so I thought I would include an updated one below taken at Christmas. Enjoy!

The HOPE Centre Chronic Care Clinic

The HOPE Centre project is located in a township called Zandspruit which is about 45 minutes away from down-town Johannesburg (Look on the right hand side of the blog to a link to a map of the area). It has a population of around 75,000 people with the vast majority living in shacks like the one pictured. Services to the township are pretty limited. Bordering on Zandspruit are an additional 3 townships, one of which is now formalised - meaning the government is building low-cost housing and 2 are squatter camps. So the total population in the area is around 300,000. In terms of healthcare they have access to one primary clinic that is staffed by a couple of nurses. Waiting times are lengthy and many people only go when they are extremely ill. Little preventive medicine is done resulting in many people developing these diseases that are easily preventable.

The HOPE Centre really is a beacon of light in this quite depressing environment. First and foremost it will educate the community about the risks of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that are having such a detrimental effect on people's lives. Secondly, it will provide needed access to trained health professionals who can deal with the various illnesses and associated resulting complications.                                    

Yesterday was an important day in the development of the HOPE Centre project. We had a visit from the Department of Health to the site to look at our facilities and confirm that we could go ahead with the project. I am glad to report that we got the OK, and we are now good to go. Partnering with the Government is so important, particularly from the standpoint of sustainability and future handover. We are now in the process of formalising the partnership with an MOU that will hold all partners accountable.                                   

So, after a long wait I can finally formally introduce you to our new clinic. Project HOPE has partnered with a local NGO called Emthonjeni Community Centre. This organisation was many years ago donated a significant piece of land and buildings in what is now the heart of Zandspruit. This building, a beautiful thatched house and outlying buildings serve as offices for a variety of NGOs working in the community. Currently two days a week an antenatal clinic is run from the building. Project HOPE will work out of these two clinic rooms initially one day per week, expanding the services as we raise funds running the chronic care clinic. It is hoped that in time we will be able to build a newer, larger clinic on the site in the not too distant future.

Please keep checking back to see how we are doing. Over the next few weeks we will be holding screening days in the communities to formally launch the project with our partners. I would encourage you to sign up to receive our newsletter. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about the project and if you are interested in supporting the project. Thanks for reading!