British Red Cross satisfied with SA

2012-11-16 00:00

SPONSORS of the British Red Cross, which has given the South Coast branch R10 million since its inception five years ago, visited this week and were delighted with the work being done using the money.

Kate Brown, of the British Red Cross, said she was happy that the comprehensive home-based care programme was making a difference in the lives of HIV/Aids and TB patients.

“I’m overjoyed by what I’ve seen here in South Africa, and the ladies that donated the funds in the past 18 months are extremely satisfied with the programme’s results,” said Brown.

Amanda Nicholson, from donors Tiffany Circle in Britain, was also happy when she visited one of the rural centres in the Ugu District.

“We are amazed by the wonderful way the Red Cross is helping these people. We have also seen their peer educators informing people about safe sex, and we were very impressed.

“We just hope more people will hear the message so that the situation continues to change and more lives are saved,” said Nicholson.

About 7 000 Aids sufferers along the South Coast benefit from the funding, which sends helpers into the most remote areas with medication, and transports them to and from medical facilities, said Mohamed Allyjhan, project manager of the South African Red Cross Society for the South Coast.

Before the project started in 2007, Aids sufferers in rural areas were helpless.

They had no money for medicine or the means for transport to clinics or hospitals.

Thembelihle Ndlovu, the supervising caregiver for the home-based care programme at Emahlongo, near Port Shepstone, said: “Before Red Cross came to help us, life in this community was difficult, but now things are looking up for this community.

“We can now take medication to patients and transport patients to collect their treatment.

“We give people food parcels every three months, but we are also able to organise food for people immediately when they have difficulty accessing their social grants.”

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