Dedisa has partnered with Mfesane NPO in an initiative that has trained ten unemployed youth from Blue Water Extension, in an effort to upskill them to provide basic health care services to the community; a desperately needed service for a community without a clinic. The aim of the training is to empower and equip the participants with the needed soft skills to enable the health care givers to continue providing personalized, home-based health care services to residents in the Wells Estate and Bluewater Bay Extension area, who cannot access the clinic due to distance. Many community members are on chronic medication and some are not physically fit to walk the long distance to the Wells Estate clinic for treatment.
The ten beneficiaries graduated on 24 May 2018 at an auspicious event that was held at Wells Estate Community Hall attended by community members, family and friends of graduates, and government officials. The graduates received their primary healthcare certificates for completing the 12-month long training as well as certificates for entrepreneurship and leadership.
As a result of the success of this initiative, Dedisa will recruit 10 more youth between the months of July to September 2018 and the training will commence in January 2019.This will increase the number of health care workers that can therefore reach more community members.
Sanitary pads distribution
Dedisa has collaborated with the Imbumba Foundation’s Caring 4Girl initiative to provide sanitary pads to 3655 girls from five schools around the Coega area namely: Soqhayisa, Walmer, Lungisa, Qaphelani and Khwezi Lomso High School. The girls will be provided with a year’s supply of sanitary pads.