In its commitment to improving the lives of South African’s health, the Embassy of Japan donated a mobile HIV clinic along with a gynaecological facility to two of the country’s rural communities.
On November 29, 2018, residents in Maboloka, Madibeng, in the North West Province, were granted a HIV/AIDS Mobile Testing Centre, to the value of R400 000, thanks to the Embassy of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) initiative.
The handover ceremony had in attendance the Chief of Maboloka Morena LE Lion, the Executive Mayor of the Madibeng Local Municipality, Councillor Justine Mothibe, the CEO of the Maboloka HIV/AIDS Awareness Organisation (MAHAAO), Isaac Mmelene as well as the Sub-District Manager for the Department of Health, Mr Ishmael Moloi, among others.
Mr. Taro Sawada, Japanese diplomat for political and public affairs, who handed the mobile clinic over to MAHAAO, said the mobile clinic would move to different rural communities, providing solutions in addressing the gap in access to medical services in remote areas.
In addition, “The wide prevalence of HIV and AIDS is one of the biggest health issues facing South Africa. According to the statistics by UNAIDS, South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with as high as 19% of the total population living with HIV. Through GGP initiative, the Embassy of Japan will continue to take an active role in fighting against HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa”, added Sawada.
“The mobile clinic funded by Japan will enable MAHAAO to treat more than 150 people per month in different areas. And if one is identified as HIV Positive, they are channelled to the local clinic or are helped at the MAHAAO hospice if necessary,” said Mmelene.
GGP on November 30, 2018 handed over a gynaecological facility to the Jane Furse Memorial Hospital in Limpopo. In attendance was the CEO of the Jane Furse Memorial Hospital CEO, Dr. Muamba, The Representative of the South African Healthcare Foundation, Ms Rachel Dlamini, among others.
Sawada, said the gynaecological facilities, which are valued at R1 million, would contribute greatly to improving the survival rate and health conditions of pregnant women, postpartum women, newborns and children.
Dr. Muamba, said Jane Furse Hospital, which is a state hospital with the largest obstetrics and gynecology units, has the most comprehensive facilities in the county, with about 500 newborns being born a month.
“The demand of obstetrics and gynecology facilities is especially high but there is not sufficient hospital room, so that deliveries of newborn babies sometimes have to be done in the waiting room, where there is no privacy with poor hygiene management. That is why we really welcome Japan’s donations, which will surely boost our daily operations and services. And we really appreciate Japan’s initiative, because, even though I know there are many diplomatic missions in South Africa, it is Japan that provides donations to us,” Muamba.
These handovers are the latest in the series of Japan’s GGPs initiatives. To date, over 630 GGPs have been implemented throughout South Africa with the aim of helping address educational and health service, vocational training and other basic human needs at grassroots level.
The application intake for GGP is available now. Only registered Non-Profit Organisations with at least 3 years’ experience in the sector of the proposed project are eligible to apply for GGP initiatives.