Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Carryou Healthcare and Testing Programme sets new records

Carryou Ministry's Healthcare and Testing Programme (HCT) continues to grow.
 The programme is done in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health, and in the past financial year reached even more people than the year before.
 Under the leadership of Programme Manager, Mzi Tshikitsha, twenty four people divided into two groups targeted high-traffic zones in Randfontein and surrounding areas.
 Gazebos containing testing, education and counselling facilities were set up in shopping malls, churches, factories, taxi-ranks and at informal settlements.
 Communities were educated and voluntarily tested for:
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV/STI and condom use
  • High blood pressure
  • Sugar Diabetes
  • Primary health.
 "Where necessary people were referred to clinics and other relevant health professionals," says Mzi. "For example, after testing, 1 717 people found to be suffering from hypertension were referred, 502 people for HIV and TB and over 15 000 people received counselling."
 More than one and a half million condoms were distributed, almost 400 000 more than in the previous year and over 125 000 people were reached.
 "There can be no doubt we made a difference and saved many lives," says Mzi. "We look forward to even better next year. Our long term vision is to see no new HIV and TB infections or deaths."

Programme Manager, Mzi Tshikitsha
Some of the team

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