Save women from breast cancer in South Africa

by Hoedspruit Training Trust
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Save women from breast cancer in South Africa
Volunteer paints step railing on Mandela Day
Volunteer paints step railing on Mandela Day

Over the past few months the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic has been overwhelmed by the lack of basic health care screening offered through Government, resulting in women battling for their lives due to conditions that can be prevented through timely screening. Likewise, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our GlobalGiving family - without you this project won’t survive! We are also happy to announce new opportunities and partnerships that will benefit our patients.

Challenges with basic screening in public health care facilities

Women are missing out on the most basic screening in the government sector. Something as routine as a Pap Smear, which should be done every 1 to 3 years for HIV positive women, and according to Government guidelines, every 5 to 10 years for HIV negative women, is not being done at all.

On several occasions over the last three months I met women who have been patients of government clinics their whole lives, but have never had a Pap smear done. These patients come to us with lower pelvic pain, post-menopausal bleeding, discharge, iron deficiency, and in all the cases I dealt with, not one patient had a Pap smear offered to her. Three of these women were diagnosed with stage 3d cervical cancer carcinoma. This is appalling to say the least. Women are ill-informed on what the procedure entails, some have endured trauma in this regard and others just don’t get offered the service.

Referral pathway for women with abnormal Pap smears

Tintswalo Hospital in association with the Breast Health Foundation, has opened a Women’s Clinic at Tintswalo Hospital. We were honoured to be invited to the opening and to be a part of this event. To date, this new clinic has been offering LLETZ and biopsy services to patients with abnormal Pap smears. This referral system is very effective and efficient. The doctors from the Tshemba Foundation, whom we partner with, have worked very hard to get guidelines and protocols in place. Fortunately, Hlokomela Women’s Clinic has a direct link to referring patients. We have been able to get patients booked and biopsied in less than two weeks. This is wonderful, provided that we catch the abnormalities early.

We also trust that breast health interventions and mammograms will soon be available in this new women’s clinic at Tintswalo Hospital.

Breast cancer patients and new referral pathway

After the COVID-19 many things changed. The well-established pathway Hlokomela Women’s Clinic had built over several years fell apart. This left patients with possible malignancies, or a need for further investigations, without hope. Long travel times, even longer waiting lists, and broken equipment are only a few of the challenges they met at Government facilities.

Recently we have been able to establish a seemingly easier pathway for our patients through a breast clinic at Rob Fereirra Hospital. This route is fairly new for us, and we are yet to report on the patient journey but at this stage it looks promising as long as the mammogram unit remains in working condition. The travel distance for our patients is less and we hope that a relationship with this clinic will assure that all women referred there from Hlokomela Women’s Clinic or any other institution for that matter, will receive the best possible help.


Over the past few months, we have received numerous donations from members of the community. We would like to thank each and every individual and company for always remembering us. Thank you to the Hoedspruit community for warm clothing donations, for the Australian Film crew who spent time shooting films in Hoedspruit for donating a large amount of dried/non-perishable foods. The bulk of this was used to make soup for the clinic patients weekly for more than 6 weeks!

Hlokomela donated some of these products to two local old age homes.

Unyembeza Boutique Lodge has been involved in donating a variety of things from care packs to baby clothes for the past 5 years and counting. As part of giving back, all guests have the option to add an amount to their bill that will be donated to Hlokomela Women’s Clinic at the ned of their stay. In May Hlokomela Women’s Clinic received R5000-00 from this initiative. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.

Le Bamba Hoedspruit has also been assisting Hlokomela with donations and food vouchers throughout the winter.

We are currently in need of reusable and disposable sanitary products as well as toiletries. Donations in this regard will be greatly appreciated!

Mandela Day

South Africans celebrate the founder of our nation, Nelson Mandela, every year on 18 July. This year was no different and Hlokomela Clinic was blessed by community members giving much more than just 67 minutes of their time. Volunteers from Rotary Club delivered sandwiches for the patients prepared and donated by learners from Southern Cross Schools. Amafu Forest Lodge donated 10litres of soup and volunteers from Jahara Treatment Centre assisted with some much needed maintenance tasks at the clinic.

Mental health

Dr Dan Morberg, a Psychiatrist from the USA, recently visited Hlokomela Clinic. Unfortunately, he only had one day with us but was able to consult with a list of patients in serious need. We are grateful that he spent this time with our patients.

Hlokomela has been putting so much effort into spreading awareness as well as making Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) more accessible not only to clinic patients and staff but also to members of the Hoedspruit community at large. We are seeing wonderful results from this programme.

Some of the things we see…

Unfortunately, we do not always have good news and success stories to report. This is the reality of what we do. We do feel that it is good to share the bad things also as this sheds light on matters that need to be addressed with more intent.

Recently, a young woman (21) came into the clinic complaining of vaginal bleeding. After taking a history from her, it became known that she had two children at home. After examination, it became evident that this patient was in the process of a self-induced abortion. Either by way of traditional medicine or by visiting a “back street” facility. Ultrasound showed retained products of conception. The patient was drenched in the most offensive odour, she was weak, in pain and desperate. The Women’s Clinic staff called the ambulance, briefed the casualty ward at the hospital and cleaned her up. We provided her with clean underwear, sanitary pads (the one she had on must have been more than a day old), bed sheets, overnight toiletries and a care pack.

All of this is wonderful and it’s great to help in this way but the reality is that this was her third time going through the same process. This was the first time she came to Hlokomela Women’s Clinic. We agreed that once she is discharged, she should follow up with us for counselling and a discussion on birth control that she will be able to comply with.

Just a few weeks ago, an 18-year-old girl came into the clinic. Malnourished, traumatized and clearly distraught. Looking only for a bandage. After consultation, counselling and suturing the 3 deepest lacerations out of almost 40 on her arms - all self-inflicted. The reality just hit again. We have our work cut out for us. Because of Hlokomela’s heart for caring and all the tools we have in place, we could clean her up, provide her with food, get her on antibiotics, had booked her for a psychiatric consultation and put on antidepressants. We can gladly report that she did follow up, she is doing much better and taking her treatment consistently.

A desperate plea for funding

As the citrus season is in full swing here in Hoedspruit South Africa, Hlokomela Women’s Clinic is being flooded with seasonal and migrant workers in need of care. These people travel long, sometimes very difficult, journeys to South Africa, in the hopes of making some money to provide for their families across the border. Most of the time lacking in the very basic human needs. Our doors are open to everyone, also to migrants.

It also happens that when some of these migrant women get to Hlokomela Women’s Clinic, it’s the first time in their lives that they have access to breast ultrasounds, Pap smear and the opportunity to get informed and educated about their own health. In order to provide these services, which would otherwise not be available to these women who cannot afford to pay, we need funding.

At the moment we are struggling to stay ahead with assisting them with as mentioned, the very basic needs, such as sanitary products, clothing, medication, and food. These vulnerable people have nowhere to turn to and look to Hlokomela for help. Any donations that can be directed to assisting this key part of our population would be greatly appreciated.

The difference between having and not having health care insurance in South Africa

Recently, a 60-year-old female patient came into the Hlokomela women’s clinic. She had been aware of a mass in her left breast for around 3 weeks. This patient was able to have a breast ultrasound done. The results of the ultrasound led to the referral for a mammogram. The mammogram led to a biopsy being done on the same day and to a referral to a breast health specialist.

All of this happened within 10 days, from ultrasound to diagnosis to having a treatment plan in place. This is all because this patient has medical insurance.

Unfortunately, for 90% of the patients that come through our doors, this is not the case. If a patient does not have health care insurance, they are left to the mercy of the public healthcare system. No mercy is what they receive. The same mass in the same patient without healthcare, will in all likelihood have caused her death.

We work relentlessly here at Hlokomela, to do our very best to make use of the systems that are in place to help these patients. Sometimes we are lucky and the system works, but most of the time it doesn’t. This is why we are in desperate need of funding to assist patients to visit private facilities to at least get diagnosed early. To assist in traveling and accommodation, all this costs money which sadly many patients do not have.

Patients enjoy donated soup at Hlokomela Clinic
Patients enjoy donated soup at Hlokomela Clinic


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Sexual reproductive health talk for local women
Sexual reproductive health talk for local women

This year certainly kicked off with a bang as the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic staff dived in the deep end to do what they do best, despite harsh working conditions. This quarter, thanks to our GlobalGiving family, we were able to reach women from marginalised communities with basic yet life altering health care services.

Cervical cancer screening for sex workers

Approximately 80 people of whom 60 were sex workers, attended the awareness day. Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and Pap smears were done for 30 sex workers. Eight women received Implanon (subdermal contraceptive device) insertions.

Many of these clients were diagnosed with STIs, although they did not report having any symptoms before the screening. This shows that continuous education on sexual reproductive health and STIs in particular are absolutely vital in our communities to detect debilitating disease and cancers early on.

These outreaches, despite long travelling times and less than favourable conditions, have always been a highlight of my calendar. It gives me a sense of reaching people. Whether it’s meeting needs, with the sharing of health care information, kindness or approachability. It is a vital part of what Hlokomela stands for. Reaching the unreachable, the judged, the ostracised. Together we will brake stigma and keep our sex worker beneficiaries safe.

When the system fails

Approximately a year ago *Khensani Ndlovu walked into the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic. She complained of lower pelvic pain and constant vaginal bleeding. At the time Khensani was 72 years old and had 5 children. Khensani was not a Hlokomela patient and had never had a Pap smear.

After performing a pelvic exam and a Pap smear, I suspected that Khensani may be facing some serious problems. The Pap smear results came back and Khensani had tested positive for cervical carcinoma.

At this time Khensani was not doing well. She was severely underweight, tired and in pain most of the time. Her family and a representative from the NPO Seeds of Light, who supported Khensani before, during and after her diagnosis, came to the clinic for a meeting.

Khensani and her family decided not to attempt entering into the Government referral system for treatment. Instead, Khensani opted to stay at home and enjoy the little quality of life she had left. During this time Khensani came to the Women’s Clinic every month. We provided her with some vitamins and sanitary pads monthly. The times she spent with us receiving her Vit B complex IV was also a time when Khensani received love and care from all of us at Hlokomela. It was a time where she was heard, comforted, and counselled. Over the course a year we grew close to her - she came to us for more than just IV treatment.

The last time I saw Khensani was at the beginning of January 2023. Khensani was tired. She was losing more weight and faced family problems on top of her deteriorating health. During the last hours of her life, Khensani called for us here at Hlokomela. Khensani lost her life on 21 February 2023. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

*Khensani Ndlovu is a pseudonym used to protect the true identity of our patient.

Donations needed for winter

We are fortunate to continuously receive donations. We are however entering the winter months. We are in need of winter clothing, scarfs and beanies. We also find that many patients come to the clinic hungry. From time to time breast feeding mothers send their babies to the clinic with a grandparent or a friend - without formula or a bottle. If anyone is able to donate or would like to donate items to the clinic, kindly contact Sonja Botha at 082 560 0248 or on during office hours to arrange a pick-up/drop-off. A more detailed list of items needed can be provided on request. We are also currently supporting a few families of sex workers in our community. If anyone would like to donate to a specific family, also kindly enquire with Sonja. She is in contact with these families and would be able to arrange that donations reach them.

Breast cancer patient receives surgery

Last year was a sad year for Hlokomela Women’s Clinic patients, specifically for patients either diagnosed with or suspected of having breast cancer. The COVID-19 pandemic haltered the referral system we had established with the Breast Health Foundation (BHF) and the Helen Joseph Hospital. To make matters worse, Professor Carol Benn is no longer associated with the Helen Joseph Hospital. Since her resignation, the BHF was also forced to part ways with the hospital. This caused massive challenges for our patients needing further investigation and treatment.

Prof Benn has since been running her private practice in Johannesburg and is accommodating some public patients. One of the patients fortunate enough to have been seen by her is from Hoedspruit and is a Women’s Clinic patient.

This patient, Cindy, is a 35-year-old mother of a 13-year-old daughter. She came in for an ultrasound which indicated that a full work-up, as well as a biopsy, was needed. Prof Benn cared of this patient and we received a call recently from Cindy, happily reporting that she had had a mastectomy in a private hospital in Johannesburg and that she is recovering well.

More news will follow in next month’s report. Thank you to Prof Benn and the BHF (who continue working with Prof Benn) for giving this patient a new lease on life.

Clothing donations received by Hlokomela
Clothing donations received by Hlokomela


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Hlokomela represented at GoodX Expo
Hlokomela represented at GoodX Expo

The past three months at Hlokomela went by in a flash. What we realized once again is the dire need in our communities for support to breast and cervical cancer patients to access lifesaving treatment. Something as simple as this is not readily available and we dare not rest in trying to achieve dignity for our patients. We thank our GlobalGiving family for all your support over the past year. Without you we would not have been able to support our patients at all. In 2023 we will carry on with renewed energy for the women who need us the most!

Cervical cancer patient failed by government healthcare system

During the last year, we referred many patients to the government system, with the hope that they will receive the treatment they need. One such patient is *Pretty Nkuna. Pretty came to the Women’s Clinic in the first quarter of 2022. She suffered from severe vaginal bleeding, lower pelvic pain, and anaemia.

After doing a Pap smear, Pretty was diagnosed with HSIL, which basically indicates that she has cancer of the cervix and needs immediate surgical intervention or possibly chemo/radiation therapy first.

After sending her to her local hospital, with her going back and forth for months without getting help, we decided to call a gynaecologist friend who works in the private and government sector in Polokwane. This doctor is an Oncology gynaecologist.

After Pretty got financial help from her employer, she was finally able to make a trip to Polokwane to see the doctor.

She was examined and depending on her blood test results, she would start chemotherapy the following Monday. Unfortunately, when Pretty arrived at the hospital on that Monday, she was told that she would not be able to start with chemo due to a low white blood count. Pretty travelled and spent money that she did not have, to and from the hospital several times without being contacted prior to her date regarding blood results. All of this caused stress and delayed her treatment.

When she eventually was admitted, she was so sick that she received palliative care. Her time was up, she was too sick to receive chemotherapy.

Pretty lost her fight against cervical cancer. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and the people she touched through her journey.

Unfortunately, this is not the last time a woman will die as a direct result of a failing healthcare system in South Africa. Without medical insurance the chances of survival are slim to none.

Teenage pregnancies

A 35-year-old patient visited the Women’s Clinic this month with complications related to an abortion done at a “back street” abortion clinic. The procedure left her with an infection and possibly a damaged womb.

After counselling this patient, she revealed that her 15-year-old daughter had a 2-month-old baby. She just did not have the finances to take care of her own baby and her daughter’s baby. When she found out her daughter was pregnant, it was too late for an abortion, besides that, her daughter wanted to keep her baby. The only way out of this situation was for her to have an abortion herself.

This story just sheds some light on the very difficult task we have and the challenges we are dealing with regarding teenage pregnancies. More needs to be done at primary level, in schools, at community level, in churches and at youth centres.

GoodX Expo

On 12 November 2022 Sonja Botha from the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic attended the GoodX Expo in Boksburg, Johannesburg. The event was hosted at the Birchwood hotel, spa and conference centre. Many stake holders and related companies in the industry attended. It was an opportunity for Hlokomela to share with all the attendees the way that we implemented the GoodX practice management system and integrated it with the Ideal Clinic and Hlokomela’s sustainability project, the Partial Payment System (PPS).

Sonja’s presentation about the Hlokomela model was very well received. This was a great networking opportunity for us and we thank GoodX for extending the invitation to us.


We have been very grateful to have received a continued flow of donations from local volunteers and visitors to our town. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Hlokomela.

Dr Majoie Hemelaar

Dr Hemelaar has been involved with the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic for the past 5 years. She recently came back to Hoespruit after 3 years in Klerksdorp. She is currently volunteering in the Women’s Clinc on Fridays. Seeing patients where the women’s clinic staff have identified the need for a gynaegologist. She, like in the past, uses each opertunity to train our staff and better equipped them to improve the care we provide to our patients.


On 5 November 2022, Hlokomela Women’s Clinic hosted a fun walk in aid of breast cancer awareness and fund raising to support patients with breast cancer.

This event was held at the Kamogelo Centre in Hoedspruit. The main attraction was the walk between the centre and the four-way stop on the R40 and back.

The atmosphere was one of standing together for a cause. Laughter and some sadness as many people came to support family members, and friends of patients still fighting the good fight, or who have lost the fight.

The Hoedspruit Café had milkshakes, juice and mini cupcakes available to everyone at the finish line and the first 30 people to finish each received a goodie bag from Hlokomela.

The morning ended with a prize-giving ceremony. Prizes were plenty and given away to the best-dressed male and female, dog, girl, and child. Team prizes and a lucky draw were held. We thank all the amazing people who attended and sponsored items and prizes for the day!

Fun walk for breast cancer awareness
Fun walk for breast cancer awareness


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Health awareness day for local men
Health awareness day for local men

Hlokomela takes care of men’s health too

On 29 June 2022, Hlokomela hosted a men’s health awareness day in Hoedspruit town. The objective of this day was to provide men with information on prostate health, diet, fitness, and general health. We offered blood glucose tests, PSA tests as well as blood pressure and BMI. We were very well received in the community and had a great turnout. We are already planning another awareness day for the men in our community.

Baby survives, mother and twin dies

The past three months at Hlokomela Women’s Clinic have been jam packed with activities and a wide variety of clients. We are so grateful to our GlobalGiving family for enabling us to provide health care services to the vulnerable people in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa.

At the beginning of March 2022, one of the beneficiaries of the Sex Work Program delivered twin girls. The Sex Work Programme targets sex workers in the Mopani District of Limpopo Province and teaches sex workers to make better choices for their own health and the health and wellbeing of their families. The twin pregnancy was diagnosed at Hlokomela Women’s Clinic. It was a great shock for this expecting mother as she already had 4 children who she was struggling to care for.

Her pregnancy was very challenging; living in poverty, battling to care for her other children, and stressed about how she would take care of two more children. On top of having existing stressors, she had a high-risk pregnancy, which lead to the premature delivery of her twins. The babies were very small at birth and spent a week in the hospital after delivery. Hlokomela donated formula, baby clothes, and some other basic necessities. Unfortunately, the mommy did not recover well after the birth and sadly passed away 3 weeks later. One of the twins passed away a day before her mother. The cause of the baby’s death is unclear, but we suspect dehydration because her mother was very ill.

The surviving twin is doing well and Hlokomela is still involved with the her and the family who is taking care of her. We are grateful that we were able to assist this family, although this story once again shines the spotlight on the massive struggles we face in our communities. We have our work cut out for us and we rely on the support of each and every kind-hearted friend of Hlokomela to assist us in helping families like these.

Breast cancer

Hlokomela celebrated the Women’s Clinic’s 6th birthday on 7 July 2022. During the past 6 years, we have reached thousands of women; if not through medical consultation, then by outreach campaigns and awareness days. We have assisted more than 25 women through their breast cancer journeys and unfortunately lost 3 patients to this devastating disease. In the last month, we have had three new breast cancer diagnoses and we are fortunate to have identified this early in two of the patients.

With breast cancer awareness month coming up in October, we will be partnering with other local organizations to host an event in the community, for the community - raising funds, spreading awareness, and celebrating survivors.

Fundraising for Hlokomela in Big 5 territory

Before COVID-19, Hlokomela hosted it’s most important annual fundraising event, the Hlokomela Bush Party, each year in various exclusive Big 5 game reserves in the area. The event is well known and loved by locals and their guests. This year we were finally able to host the 10th annual Bush Party at Pridelands Game Reserve outside Hoedspruit. The evening was a great success for the organisation and the funds raised will be used to improve facilities at Hlokomela’s Blyde Clinic venue where the Women’s Clinic is also situated.

Staff wellness

Charity starts at home and at Hlokomela we have taken this to heart. Through the Employee Wellness Programme we offer our staff annual medical check-ups, access to our clinic services, Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE) as a body-based therapy for debriefing, health talks and healthy cooking demonstrations and much more. Thank you for helping us offer these services to our valued employees.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

On 1 July 2022 Hlokomela partnered with the Ndlovu Care Group to reach 20 000 migrants from neighbouring countries as well as local farm workers and get them vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2023. This project has not been without challenges, however. We have a vaccination team that travels to farms and villages every day in an attempt to reach as many people as possible. On 29 August 2022, the total number of people reached and vaccinated stood at 3600. We will continue to work tirelessly to reach our goal!

Hlokomela Bush Party fundraising event
Hlokomela Bush Party fundraising event
Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE) with staff
Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE) with staff
COVID-19 vaccination outreach to rural community
COVID-19 vaccination outreach to rural community


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Healthy twin girls born to a sex worker.
Healthy twin girls born to a sex worker.

The past few months at the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic has been jam packed with activities! We are pleased to report that we were able to care for and support those who needed it the most, thanks to your support through the wonderful service offered by GlobalGiving!


Sex worker gives birth to twins

At the beginning of March, a beneficiary of Hlokomela’s Sex Worker Programme, *Maggy, gave birth to twin girls. The pregnancy was diagnosed at the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic. It was a great shock for the mother who already has 4 children.

Her pregnancy was very challenging; living in poverty, battling to care for her other children and stressing about how she would take care of two more babies. In addition, it was a high risk pregnancy which lead to pre-mature delivery of the twins. Both of them are healthy and doing well. Hlokomela donated formula, baby clothes and some other basic necessities. Over the course of the two weeks since the birth of the twins, *Maggy’s health deteriorated. Just in time, the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic learnt of the situation. One of the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic nurses drove to the informal settlement where *Maggy and one of the twin girls live. The structure is unstable and there is no running water or sanitation. When our nurse got to *Maggy, she was not very responsive and just sat there with the one baby in her arms. She was pale, breathing fast and seemed dissociative. We learnt there that the other twin was sent away with another sex worker, as to lighten the burden for *Maggy.

When our Nurse took the baby from *Maggy, the baby was dehydrated, had a fast pulse and was extremely lethargic.

There was nothing for the baby. No milk, no diapers, no bottles. All the donated supplies were sent away with the second twin, and that twin one was left to her own devices, with a very sick mommy.

*Maggy and the baby were rushed to the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic where both were attended to by a doctor from the Tshemba Foundation. The doctor established that *Maggy is in cardiac failure and has floral effusion. The situation was serious and she needed to be admitted to hospital immediately.

The baby just needed 2 hourly feeds, to be dressed warm and monitored. Two Hlokomela nurses offered to foster the babies until the situation improved and the mother was healthy and able to make good decisions. It had become clear at this time that *Maggy did not want to keep her twins.

The twins spent a total of 10 days in foster care. They gained weight and did very well.

They are both back in the care of their mother and a social worker is monitoring the situation closely. Unfortunately, because *Maggy ran away from hospital before her treatment was complete, it is difficult to say how she is doing health wise. We trust that the outcome will be good for everyone involved.


Teenage pregnancies

Teenage pregnancies are at a staggering high in South Africa, with Limpopo being one of the highest rated for teenage pregnancies.

Recently, a 16-year-old girl from a school in the Mopani District, came to visit the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic as she suspected that she was pregnant. *Susan came to the clinic not knowing what to expect. She was scared and emotional.

After having a conversation with *Susan, it became clear that she was in an abusive relationship. Initially she consented to a sexual relationship with him but later changed her mind. She could not get out of the relationship and ended up having non-consensual sex.

*Susan fell pregnant and by the time she came for her first appointment at the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic she was 25 weeks pregnant and completely unprepared for what lay ahead.

After intense counselling *Susan decided to keep her child. She was given her first month of vitamins, as up to this point, she had had no antenatal care. We referred her to her local clinic.

At Hlokomela Women’s Clinic we strongly believe in not only providing medical care, but also in supporting our patient through emotional difficulty as we follow up, guide and support where possible.

After receiving a donated baby bag filled with baby accessories, and gathering together some more essentials, including a comprehensive book explaining pregnancy and birth, *Susan went home.

We look forward to reach out to more schools and colleges in our area to present the learners with sex education as COVID regulations are relaxed.


Breast cancer diagnosis

This monthtwo very different ladies came to the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic for breast ultrasounds. Both ladies, *Lucy and *Linda, had palpable lumps in one of their breasts.

*Lucy is unemployed, 35-years-old and has a 10-year-old daughter. When the ultrasound scan was performed, there really was no doubt that the mass was malignant. However, *Lucy still needed to go through the process of a mammogram, and a possible biopsy. Being unemployed and at the mercy of the state health system, we knew that the road ahead would not be easy.

Thanks to the incredible networking skills of our director Christine du Preez, the visiting mammogram unit, Cornerstone Radiology, was willing to provide a free mammogram for *Lucy, which confirmed our suspicions of breast cancer.

A miracle happened for *Lucy. Out of sheer desperation we made a call to the Breast Health Foundation (BHF), in hope of some way to help *Lucy. Low and behold, funding was available for one more patient through the programme that was in place prior to the COVID pandemic.

*Lucy consulted with a specialist doctor on 12 April 2022 in Johannesburg.

Then we have *Linda, a 60-year-old lady, working and traveling between South African, the USA and Europe. She has access to private health care. She came to the clinic concerned about a lump in her breast. Ultrasound confirmed that the mass needed further investigation. *Linda was able to go for a mammogram that same day and booked a biopsy for a few weeks later in Europe.

These two ladies both have breast cancer. Both ladies experienced the same emotions. Both ladies deserve the same quality of care. We sincerely hope that they will receive it.


Breast cancer patient journey (follow-up)

As many of you know, Josephina Sekgobela (who we have reported on many times before), is doing well. She was transferred from Polokwane Provincial Hospital to Johannesburg for her chemo therapy. Her children are in Johannesburg and are able to support and assist her with travelling and living expenses.

Josephina reports that she is feeling good, has gained weight and that the mass in her breast has reduced in size since she has been getting her chemo regularly as scheduled.

Josephina is one of the bravest souls I have ever met, may she recover fully and live a long and happy life.


Sex education at local high school

During April the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic visited a local high school to provide sex education and a talk on general wellness and life for teenagers. Topics covered included sex, contraceptives, menstruation, puberty in boys and girls, different sexual orientations and “My body my rights”.

There was great conversation after the talks with many good questions and opportunities to communicate facts and clear myths around sex and reproductive health.

*Pseudonyms were used in this report to protect the identity of our clients.

Sex education at a local high school
Sex education at a local high school


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Due Diligence


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