Project information


Embo (in KwaZulu Natal): an "informal settlement" of 62,000 people with no clinic and the worst HIV incidence in South Africa (>30%)! HIV and Aids patients do best on antiretroviral drugs when they are cared for in their own homes. MAI funds a fully trained local team of full time Home Caregivers

July 2010 - June 2013

Charity information: Medic Assist International

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  • Need


    Embo residents suffering from HIV or Aids are stigmatised, so often do not wish to be tested. Also, they are poor and cannot travel out of Embo to a clinic. And without testing, there can be no treatment. Without access to antiretrovirals, which are freely available, the person will deteriorate more rapidly and have a worse quality of life.


    By being part of the local community, the Caregivers that MAI fund can identify potential patients, visit and provide testing and counselling (for which they have been trained on the Government programme). Then, they establish a regime that involves unconditional love, practical care (bathing, administering treatments, transporting to appointments, etc) and advice (sexual health, diet, hygiene & state social benefits). This enables the patient to have a better quality of life for longer.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring hope and dignity to HIV positive individuals and their families and the wider community.


    » Providing a locally accessible testing and counselling service.
    » Serving a client base of 300+ with unconditional love, practical care and specialist advice.
    » Hosting a mobile Government Health Clinic every two weeks in the community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured by the views expressed by the community and the official statistics on HIV incidence. Alread, the KZN Health Authority & Zulu Chief are fully suportive.

    Aim 2

    To test the value of a church based community HIV/Aids Care programme as a model for others.


    » Regular review and evaluation of outcomes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a completed set of guidelines on good practice on the care of HIV/Aids patients and their families in their own homes.

    Aim 3

    To educate the community about HIV/Aids and its prevention.


    » Both in individual homes and local schools, to provide advice, either informally or through seminars, on sexual health.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured by the number of sessions completed and the official measure of HIV incidence.

    Aim 4

    To become self sustaining ultimately by developing an indigenous income generation project


    » By the end of 2011, to have researched and selected a business plan that within 3 years will fully fund the healthcare project locally

    What success will look like

    Success will be...the project 100% funded from KwaZulu Natal through a viable business programme

  • Impact


    A significant lowering of the prevalence of HIV/Aids and a lessening of the stigma attached measured by a higher incidence of testing. Improved quality and longevity of life for those who are HIV positive.


    Home Cargivers are susceptible to infection. MAI funds consumables to lessen this risk.
    The exchange rate of GBP to ZAR is variable. We seek to address this by seeking to hold reserve funds though this is not always attainable.


    Donors may choose to receive E News updates (approximately monthly) or a termly briefing sheet.
    In additon, MAI can provide detailed reports for specific donations where requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £72,970

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,840 Caregiver salaries July 2011 to June 2013
      £15,140 Supervisor salary same period
      £7,850 Consumables Medical kits, gloves, etc same period
      £7,140 Transport cost Fuel and maintenance of vehicle

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual donors £36,672 Conditional
    voluntary groups £6,600 Conditional
    trust/foundation grants £11,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Embo is in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It is about 40 minutes drive north of Durban. It is an "informal settlement" of mostly makeshift dwellings with poor sanitary and power conditions.


    The community comprises poor, largely unemployed persons. The age profile is young and there is a high burden on the community of Aids orphans. Many HIV positive persons are cared for by elderly "grannys" on social benefits.
    In a population of 62,000, there is no health clinic. The young church that began this volunteer programme initially now hosts a mobile healthcare clinic as well as being an orphanage, benefits payments centre and feeding station to the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our raison d'etre is to enable indigenous persons of vision and integirty to provide excellent healthcare. We have built a relationship of trust through mutual exchange visits with this indigenous church community and personally expereinced the quality of thier work and what it means in the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pastor Leonard Gcabashe

    He began this work personally to the point of personal exhaustion. He is the visionary and motivator who recruited a team to take it over.

    Nurse Joyce Mkhize

    She is an experienced, qualified nurse who supervises the team of Caregivers and is the official liaison person recognised by the Health Authority.

    The Home Caregivers

    These full time Home Caregivers are highly motivated and trained on the official Government approved testing and counselling programme.

Aids orphans helped by this project

Aids orphans helped by this project


a year's support to a family affected by HIV/Aids

We are looking forward to working with you in the fight against this scourge

S Shezi, District Manager, KwaZulu Health Authority