Starfish Greathearts Foundation

Wellness Programme: Healthcare in Rural Areas

The programme aims to ensure the physical, mental and social wellbeing of vulnerable/orphaned children affected by HIV in South Africa. Our Wellness Wagon’s are mobile clinics which provide HIV, TB, and diabetes testing and access to treatment and medication in remote rural communities.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1093862)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,000

Amount raised

£2,960

Donations

8

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • Most of these children live in remote and rural villages away from health facilities. The families‚Äô economic status is also a barrier to them accessing health services since they cannot afford transport money. Parents, teachers and community members appreciated the service.

    — Care Worker at Starfish partner Zisize Educational Trust

  • "Starfish you make me feel better, you make me cry lesser, you make me dream bigger"

    — Starfish beneficiary

  • "Starfish you make me feel better, you make me cry lesser, you make me dream bigger"

    — Starfish beneficiary

  • Most of these children live in remote and rural villages away from health facilities. The families’ economic status is also a barrier to them accessing health services since they cannot afford transport money. Parents, teachers and community members appreciated the service.

    — Care Worker at Starfish partner Zisize Educational Trust

Situation

South Africa has the highest HIV prevalence in the world with 7 million people living with the virus. 1.7 million children have been orphaned as a direct result of the pandemic (UNAIDS 2017). KwaZulu Natal is the region with the highest HIV prevalence and our partners report a lack of access to prevention measures, care and treatment. To overcome the HIV pandemic, it is crucial to effectively mobilize resources to reach rural and understaffed areas.

Solution

Our mobile health clinics, the Wellness Wagons, are a key component of the Wellness Programme. The communal participation and visibility of the wagons, as well as the integration of HIV care with routine health care together contributes to reducing the stigma associated with HIV. Bringing the Wellness Wagons to schools in the area facilitates ongoing regular check-ups without children missing school to travel. Our mobile clinics ensure the physical, mental and social wellbeing of children.