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.

The HOPE Centre film

During May this year, 10 volunteers from Eli Lily & Co. came to Project HOPE South Africa to share their skills and expertise with the project. The volunteers brought with them a camera crew who spent time in Zandspruit, observing and filming the day-to-day work of The HOPE Centre, the result of which can be viewed on the youtube link above.

Training VSL health activists

Last week Lindsay and I conducted a two-day training course for the VSL health activists.  Thirteen women participated, representing several different VSL groups.  The first day included lessons on diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, nutrition, tuberculosis, and sanitation and infection control.  The second day covered HIV/AIDS, tobacco related illnesses, maternal health, diarrhoea, worms, and children’s health.  Each lesson gave an overview on the topic and highlighted information relevant to the community, such as prevention measures, symptoms, and healthy lifestyle habits.  Many people in Zandspuit are aware of the health issues covered in the training, but we found that there were a lot of rumours and inaccurate information.  We hope that by attending this training, the health activists will be able to both dispel these myths and educate their neighbours and community.

VSL health activists reviewing material before their final evaluation

At the beginning of the first day we gave the participants an evaluation to judge their knowledge on the topics that were going to be covered.  At the end of the second day we repeated the same evaluation to see how much the women had learned.  Average scores jumped from 43% before training to 84% after the training.  We definitely consider this a success.  Each trainee received a certificate of completion and a packet of information to use while instructing her VSL group. 

Since the training, some health activists have already begun training their groups.  Last Thursday we observed one of the health activists present a lesson on diabetes.  The lesson was well received and even resulted in several members going to the HOPE Centre to be screened. 

Our time here in Zandspruit and Johannesburg is quickly coming to a close.  Both Lindsay and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time and hope to return someday!
Training complete!
Britta Harman