AgriAid SA to commemorate Mandela Day through health education and HIV/NDC testing

AgriAid SA in partnership with MTO Lowveld will host a Nelson Mandela day event aimed at encouraging healthy living and wellness among farmworkers and their beneficiaries on July 18, 2017, MTO Lowveld, White River, Mpumalanga.

The event is set to reinforce the importance of health care among farm workers and their immediate beneficiaries, including neighbouring communities. AgriA SA organises and implements HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), NCD and wellness programmes for agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers across five provinces in South Africa within 12 districts. Thus, it does by promoting an integrated approach wherein HIV, TB and NCD awareness is raised through sharing of information, biannual testing and offering treatment as they are essential components in fighting the pandemic.

The Nelson Mandela Day celebration will feature notable organisations such as  Right To Care, South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), Laapeng Foundation and including Mbombela Local Municipality, which will cover some of the following activities:

  • HIV, TB, diabetes and hypertension testing
  • TB and STI screening
  • Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
  • Pap smear
  • Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse awareness

In addition, AgriAid SA will host a door to door HIV testing campaign at an informal settlement in Phola Park, Sabie, Mpumalanga, where over 2 000 sanitary pads will be distributed to young women and other basic toiletry products.

Nelson Mandela International Day calls on us all to make a difference in our communities, society and the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived, it’s what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,’’ Nelson Mandela.

 

For more information contact:

Muzikayise Mike Maseko

Communications Officer

Tel: 012 320 8455

Email: muzikayise@agriaids.org.za

Cell: 060 760 9656

Or

Witness Mbali Motha

Communications Assistant

Tel: 012 320 8455

Email: mbali@agriaids.org.za

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