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Project information

Medical/Home Based Care Project - KZN South Africa

Seeking to aid individuals and families in rural South Africa through support and empowerment. Many of those reliant on the program are suffering from the effects of poverty, disease and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Giving people an education and resources to live positively is paramount for the program.

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: The African Impact Foundation

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  • Need


    With 17% of the global number of HIV infected individuals, South Africa fights many economic, social and community problems that are result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Rural communities are often the last to receive vital, life-saving treatment and support, and many are left feeling disheartened about their situations.


    Even a small amount of support and care can change a person's life forever. This programme seeks to support and empower individuals in the areas around St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal in order to help them live positively despite these barriers. This is done through projects that include assistance in people’s homes, nutrition programmes, the facilitation of support groups and HIV/AIDS education courses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give basic medical treatment and support in rural South Africa.


    » A home based care program which will see patients visited in their homes will be run at least two days a week by volunteers in the rural communities.
    » Send volunteers three times a week to aid during the busy mornings at two rural clinics by working recording vital signs at the intake desk.

    What success will look like

    Seeing over 200 patients, spending quality time with them in their homes providing them with support and care needed. See over 3,000 patients through the clinic intake desk.

    Aim 2

    Provide needy individuals with added nutrition and knowledge of healthy eating habits


    » Volunteers will run a program that includes delivering EPap nutritional supplement to malnourished patients, whose weight and health will be monitored

    What success will look like

    Having 60% of our patients on the ePap nutritional supplement graduate from the programme by demonstrating a positive living change and maintain a healthy weight.

    Aim 3

    To spread knowledge of HIV/AIDS including protection, treatment, counseling and positive living


    » Facilitate a weekly HIV education course for adults, including two days of lessons and a third day with a test. Those who pass receive a certificate.

    What success will look like

    Have 200 students complete the HIV Education Course for adults and receive a graduation certificate. Also, teaching 15% male classes and maintain a pass rate of over 95 percent.

  • Impact


    Firstly, the program will relieve some of the strain on the rural healthcare system in the communities surrounding St Lucia, and in turn help the overall quality of life for the population. The program will help increase recovery rates from diseases and infections and help individuals suffering to receive quicker, more effective treatments. Success can be demonstrated by measuring BMI, and the ability for patients to return to work and carry on with everyday life upon their recoveries.


    The main risks of the project include the non-adherence to medication by patients, which can be easily dealt with by the close monitoring of patients and added support by the local clinics. Another barrier is a lack of funding, which is currently dealt with by recruiting an intern to work on campaigning for resources.


    There are already measures in place to report to donors, including a quarterly newsletter. On the ground at the project, volunteers are responsible for weekly tracking of progress by patients, which are displayed by updates on our web page, the annual report and newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £631 Home parcels Parcels of food including rice and beans, given in small quantities during a home visit to patients.
      £160 Adult nappies Given to adult patients, typically as a comfort during palliative care.
      £171 Fruit Fruit given to HIV and Mothers' support groups during weekly meetings.
      £101 Seeds/Seedlings Community gardens of vegetables allow us to bring fresh and healthy food to patients.
      £237 Nutrishakes Given out to patients in need of short-term added nutrition.
  • Background


    The communities that surround the town of St Lucia are home to the Zulu people of South Africa. The area is very rural and the population has very little access to healthcare, electricity and water. In particular, the area has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, at over 60 percent. There are over 1,000 patients for every registered nurse in the area, leaving a large gap between patients and the services.


    The extremely needy individuals in the rural areas around St Lucia will benefit from the program as they will benefit from the services our medical volunteers on the ground will provide. Through working alongside local caregivers and leaders in the communities we ensure we reach out and touch the most vulnerable individuals and families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having worked alongside volunteers in the rural communities around St Lucia for seven years, our experience makes us best placed to carry out this project. With the blessing and involvement of local authorities including community leaders, the program is guaranteed to be sustainable in nature, ensuring its longevity and effectiveness. Our enhanced tracking and monitoring of the program is also an important factor in ensuring its effectiveness.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Nokwethemba is an African Impact coordinator and oversees the project's volunteers. She ensures relationships with the community are strong.

    Sonja Hughes

    Business Manager at African Impact in St Lucia ensures the program is running smoothly and that data is being adequately collected.

    Sister Mkhwanazi

    The clinic's head nurse is influential the the program as she provides advice, helps choose patients and monitors progress of the program.

"I've been convinced that a small organistiaon of dedicated individuals can make a difference."

Mark Rippel, program volunteer