Press release

14
Jul

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

24
Apr

Donate toiletries for women in agriculture who are in need

Have you ever been in a situation where you did not brush your teeth early in the morning? Think of it, neither you enjoyed the moment you forgot to put on your deodorant. While this did not make your day, how much more of the women who go without basic toiletries every day in agriculture? And not to mention sanitary pads.

 

For some, affording basic toiletry products is something worth not mentioning and we tend to think of it as essential, yet, many women who are beneficiaries of workers in agriculture and live nearby farming communities have become used to such situations we find particularly unpleasant. Yet alone, periods can be traumatising on their own, how much more they can be when women have to use an old cloth?

 

The massive backdrop of poverty which exists in these communities has serious implications on the health and the wellness of not only women and men, but children who are vulnerable to communicable diseases. We are calling on you to lend a hand by simply donating any of the following items:

  • Sanitary pads
  • Toothpaste
  • Roll on
  • Soap
  • Body lotion
  • Tooth brush
  • Face cloth

 

AgriAid SA works closely within the agricultural sector in delivering primary health care and wellness services in fighting the pandemic of HIV, TB and NCDs. Simply drop off your items in our offices which are located here or organise a box in your area around Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Polokwane and we will pick it up when it is full.

Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #Toiletries4AgriWomen

 

For more information, contact:

 

Muzikayise Mike Maseko

Marketing & PR Officer

Tel: 012 320 8455

Email: muzikayise@agriaids.org.za

Cell: 060 760 9656

9
Mar

AgriAid SA announces name change

AgriAid SA is proud to announce its name change from AgriAids SA to AgriAid SA. The decision came about that the fight against AIDS alone is one that has been drastically suppressed over the years, and that efforts to prevent infected people reaching the AIDS continuum have been an outstanding success.

Thus the removal of the letter ‘’s’’ in the Aids phrase is motivated by this decision, however, the fight against HIV is an ongoing battle, with the link between HIV, TB, and non-communicable diseases (NCD). It is in this light that our main focus is to provide quality health care and wellness services to workers and communities within agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

AgriAid SA is an NGO established in 2008 to organise and implement HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and wellness programmes to workers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries across five provinces in South Africa and within 12 districts. The programmes are funded and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a PEPFAR implementing agency, and the National Department of Health (NDoH). The main goal of AgriAid SA is to reduce the direct effects of HIV and TB on agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers and their beneficiaries. Thus it does by promoting an integrated approach wherein HIV, TB  and NCD awareness are raised through sharing of information, biannual testing and offering treatment as they are essential components in fighting the pandemic.

In addition, we have tweaked our old logo to fit in with the current direction the organisation is taking. Check out our home page on http://agriaids.org.za/

We look forward to continuing our efforts in ensuring that agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers have access to quality health care and wellness services implemented effectively at their workplace.

 

For more information, contact:

Muzikayise Mike Maseko

Marketing & PR Officer

Tel: 012 320 8455

Email: muzikayise@agriaids.org.za

Cell: 060 760 9656

8
Mar

International Women’s Day message from AgriAid SA CEO

Monene professional image

Monene Mamabolo: CEO

 

Today, March 8, 2017, marks International Women’s Day which is celebrated across the world. It comes at a time while this day is observed I am celebrating my work anniversary of just over four (4) years in an executive position.

I remember well four years ago when I was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AgriAid SA. It brings pleasant feelings when I look back at the impact we had in changing the social lives of people, especially the agriculture sector.

Access to health care is a basic right in South Africa and is one of the most important rights enshrined in our constitution under chapter 2. The work we do at AgriAid SA rests on the importance of providing quality health care and wellness services to workers and communities in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector. Thus to reduce the direct effects of HIV/AIDS and TB on workers in the aforementioned sectors and their beneficiaries.

I have seen AgriAid SA expand into greater heights, although it was unbecoming without challenges and trials to which we have overcome a mammoth of them.

In keeping in line with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Be Bold For Change, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to colleagues, sectors of industry and the many that supported me in making a difference. If I must say, most of my ideas, creative thoughts and dreams would not have succeeded without your unwavering support, assistance and commitment towards the work we do with fellow colleagues, partners and funders.

You have made my journey worth tackling more endeavours, not hiding away and with more appreciation as a young black woman leader.

For much of this, I wish you all a felicitous International Women’s Day, #BeBoldForChange.

Monene Mamabolo

Chief Executive Officer