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AgriAids SA to open Somerhoek Wellness Centre on Mandela Day

To celebrate 67 minutes of selfless act of humanity on Mandela Day, AgriAids SA is recognising that for agriculture sector to guarantee food security, a healthy workforce is needed. This is particularly difficult and labour intensive task to achieve. Farmworkers and farming communities remain highly susceptible to HIV infection. Prevalence level in this HIV/AIDS reduction strategy key population is twice that of the general population. To address this challenge, AgriAids SA will open Somerhoek Wellness Centre on Mandela Day.

Somerhoek Wellness Centre is situated at Somerhoek Packhouse in Marble Hall area (Ephraim Mogale Municipality) of Limpopo. The clinic is part of AgriAids SA’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) health delivery model.

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MyNewsroom, 15 July 2016


HCT campaign a first for the farming sector

Rashoop Skietbaan, some 10 kilometres north of Brits in North West, is surrounded by bustling farms that supply fresh agricultural produce to Brits and to places as far away as Pretoria, Vereeniging and Johannesburg.

Farmer Christo van der Merwe says they supply vegetables, dairy and meat products to these areas every week, thanks to an “army of dedicated workers”.

Van der Merwe is passionate about the provision of health services to his employees and has therefore made special efforts to transport them to be tested for HIV and AIDS on a regular basis. He also regularly attends meetings and outreach programmes called by the Department of Health.

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Vuk’uzenzele, August 2012


HIV fight on the farms

LIMPOPO MEC for health and social development Dikeledi Magadzi says she is committed to intensifying the war on HIV and Aids on farms in the province

The fight against the disease will be in the spotlight since Magadzi will be joined by Deputy Minister of Health Gwen Ramokgopa to extend the HIV counselling and testing campaign to farming communities this weekend.

They will visit ZZ2 farms near Mooketsi to talk to farmworkers about the importance of knowing their status.

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Frank Maponya, Sowetan, 19 August 2011


SA takes small steps to fight Aids on farms

South Africa is taking small steps to stop Aids from wreaking havoc on its key farming sector in a nation with one of the world’s heaviest caseloads.

A few NGOs and farmers have launched testing programmes, but the government has no specific policy for the sector that is emerging as one of hardest-hit by the pandemic.

A pioneer project launched in four farms by AgriAids, an organisation that has been testing workers and providing them with free anti-retrovirals, has thrown up startling figures.

In the past two years, 26% of a total of 638 people tested on farms in northern and central South Africa were found to have HIV.

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Mail & Guardian, 11 June 2006, 07:29