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Newsletter July 2012

HOPE Cape Town Newsletter No. 01 / 2012

HIV outreach program & education

Cape Town

 

Dear friends of HOPE Cape Town,

 

Warm regards from the Cape of Storms that is certainly living up to its name this winter. As usual, time has been flying by and we have almost reached the half way mark of 2012.

 


In this issue
1. HOPE Cape Town - Spenden
2. HOPE Cape Town - events
3. HOPE Cape Town & Hochschule Neu-Ulm
4. HOPE Cape Town projects
5. HOPE Cape Town - internal

1. HOPE Cape Town - Spenden

HOPE Cape Town would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for the continuous support and donations from numerous individuals, institutions, associations and companies. A very heartfelt thank you goes to all the friends and supporters of our organization.

Especially we want to thank the Rotary Club Oostenberg for the continuous support of food parcels for the mothers at the Ithemba ward.


A special thank you goes to the Dinkel Bakery in Cape Town for the donation of sweets for the children at the Ithemba ward.

 


2. HOPE Cape Town - events

On 5 May 2012, the annual Ball of HOPE took place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of HOPE Cape Town and the 60th anniversary of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce for Southern Africa at The Westin Cape Town. The event under the patronage of the three German-speaking consulates in Cape Town was once again a great success. We would like to thank all our guests and sponsors for attending and supporting our work. A special thank you goes to Anja Tambusso Ferraz for all their time and effort put into the organization of the event.

For the 7th consecutive year, Viola Klein, Saxonia Systems AG and – for the third time – the HOPE Kapstadt Stiftung are organising a charity gala event in Dresden for the benefit of HOPE Cape Town, together with many sponsors and supporters. The HOPE Gala will take place on 27 October 2012 at the Schauspielhaus Dresden. As in the previous years, excellent entertainment and performances by a range of popular artists are guaranteed. Please visit the www.hopegala.de  for more information.

Because it is currently wintry cold in Cape Town, the Mediterranean Villa will host on 29 July 2012, from 11h00, a Christmas market with homemade treats, charming gift ideas, lovingly designed crafts for the benefit of HOPE Cape Town. We thank Petra Reichwein and Monika Rosenkranz for the excellent idea and the commitment.

 


3. HOPE Cape Town & Hochschule Neu-Ulm

During a project week in Cape Town the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Neu‐Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) successfully developed an eLearning environment for Community Health Workers (CHW) of the HOPE Cape Town Association.

Senior academicians from both Universities guided students during the week in a process culminating in an “eLearning Framework for HOPE”. From 21‐25 May, a delegation from HNU comprising 14 students and 4 professors, as well as 6 students and 2 professors from UWC Economic and Information Management Sciences Faculty, formed joint project groups to research prerequisites and design a mobile course framework for Community Health Workers. As a scientific basis, they created a six layered model of learning integrating the learning styles and conditions of the target group, as well as the technical and organisational circumstances. In interviews and usability tests the user’s needs, learning circumstances, previous knowledge, as well as ICT skills and interaction with the content and design of the courses, were analysed. The outcome was benchmarked with existing initiatives of other South African and international organizations for similar target groups.

 


4. HOPE Cape Town projects

HOPE Cape Town has thus far been able to provide much needed HIV Resistance Blood Tests for three deserving children in 2011, and for another three children in 2012. As you may know, these expensive Resistance Tests are not yet available in the government sector and are thus unobtainable without sponsorship by organisations like ourselves.

After the resistance test we also provided for one of these children the much needed
third line medication. With great regret, we have to report that this child passed away peacefully. This sort of personal scenario keeps us in touch with the cold reality of HIV and its associated illnesses. And it emphasizes the tremendous need for extra measures, such as resistance testing and advanced drug sponsorships, to be made avialable in order to ultimately combat HIV successfully.

HOPE Cape Town currently evaluates the results of a CD4 study. For this study 50 mothers of our patients on the Ithemba children's ward in the Tygerberg Hospital were tested at the child visit. Even though they are often very ill themselves, the mothers often do not have their regular 6 month check up and are not automatically co-treated once their children have been admitted. As a result, many children are not cared for in a proper way after being discharged due to one or both parents being sick or even dying. Thanks to the company Alere Healthcare who had generously loaned a novel mobile point of care CD4 testing unit to HOPE Cape Town, we were able to perform instant CD4 counts for Ithemba ward parents. All it took was a finger prick and after 20 minutes the results were available. Depending on the result of the rapid test, the patient could then be referred immediately for further testing and treatment. About one third of the mothers qualified for urgent need to start treatment. We hope to lead the way to a comprehensive treatment of the whole family by this holistic approach.

 


5. HOPE Cape Town - internal

Dr. Sadeeka Williams sadly left the employment of HOPE Cape Town Association in December 2011 to prepare for her specialization as a paediatrician. We wish her good luck in her professional and private future. Her successor Dr. Sandra Picken was employed in December 2011.

Noëline de Goede who was appointed as Director of HOPE Cape Town left the organization in June 2012. We wish her well with her future ventures.

HOPE Cape Town Association welcomes Michelle Jochems who was appointed as a HOPE Community Health Worker in Manenberg in November 2011.  She will be rendering services at the Manenberg clinic, within the broader community of Manenberg as well as at the Holy Family Child and Youth Development Centre.

 


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Please visit www.hopecapetown.com regularly to keep up to date with the latest developments of our work and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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http://twitter.com/HopeCapeTown

 

With warm regards and the best wishes,

 

 

HOPE Cape Town Team

 

 

HOPE Cape Town Trust & Association

P.O. Box 19145

Tygerberg 7505

Cape Town

South Africa

 

Tel. (+27) 21 938 6660/ 021 938 9930
Fax (+27) 21 938 6662     (English, Afrikaans & German)

Email: admin@hopecapetown.com 

Web:  www.hopecapetown.com

 

PBO No 18/11/13/4709   Association

NPO No 031-599-NPO      Association

NPO No 053-417-NPO      Trust

PBO No. 930024843         Trust

 


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