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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

Welcome back to Hlokomela’s newsletter!

We hope everyone had a great new year but for us, the work has only just begun.
A new year is upon us, with our resolutions and resolve we are aiming to expand certain areas:

Online expansion - Our outreach on social media will be expanded to spread awareness and to show our proactive approach within the community, helping us with this mission, a new volunteer has joined our team for marketing/social media and fundraising, (a lot of work) but we found that we needed a dedicated person to manage all these aspects, as running Hlokomela is challenging on its own, this will now take pressure off some of the permanent staff members who were carrying this weight.

Keeping ahead of the curve - New medical training for staff including abdominals and obstetric ultrasound, we aim to keep our staff up to date, as medicine is always changing, we need to keep on top.

From Hlokomela, we’d like to thank all of our team across the sites for their hard work and dedication last year, we hope to have another successful year.

Last but not least, a big thank you to the donors, without your support this wouldn’t be possible!

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Hlokomela Wellness Day with Rotary Club
Hlokomela Wellness Day with Rotary Club

Christmas is just around the corner and the migrant workers are returning to the Hoedspruit area in Limpopo, South Africa to start harvesting mangoes for the season. This is Hlokomela’s busiest time of the year and a great opportunity to reach vulnerable women to educate them about breast and cervical cancer. Thanks to your generous donations through GlobalGiving, we can carry on with this life saving work!

Wellness Day

On October 20, 2017 Hlokomela, in conjunction with the Hoedspruit Rotary Club, held a Family Wellness Day in Hoedspruit town. Here our Women’s Clinic offered breast examinations to women taking part in the day. We managed to screen 44 women and 2 men. Out of the 44, 10 were referred to the clinic for breast ultrasounds. The day was amazing and a wonderful opportunity to create awareness.

Stats

Every month that passes proves to increase the number of women being screened for breast cancer. Women from all walks of life are making use of our facility and are being referred to us from other institutions. We aim to provide a screening service to any woman who needs it. We aim to be sustainable, in order to become sustainable we have implemented a small fee-for-service to women outside of our clinic patient demographics. This has proven to open the door to a much wider number of women in and around our community. We scanned 156 women for breast abnormalities from August 1 to November 1, 2017. Out of the 156, we had 14 patients with some sort of breast pathology. During this period there were no confirmed malignancies.

Sex workers educated about breast and cervical cancer

During September we had a workshop for sex workers about breast and cervical cancer. These women are at a higher risk of developing these cancers due to their HIV status. They were very interested in the information shared and went back to their communities to share the knowledge as well as to show fellow sex workers how to do breast self examination.

Coming up

We are also very excited about possibly expanding our scope to introduce more screening options for women in the near future, such as 4D scans.

Thank you so much for making this vital service possible with all your generous donations! 

Breast Cancer educational material
Breast Cancer educational material

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At Helen Joseph Hospital's Mammography Dept
At Helen Joseph Hospital's Mammography Dept

Wow I can’t believe how time flies! So much has happened during the past 3 months at Hlokomela Women’s Clinic! And the GlobalGiving community has helped us so much to achieve these goals.

Ultrasound training at Helen Joseph Hospital

I spent a week at the Helen Joseph Hospital’s Mammography Department in June where I worked and received highly valuable training. Dr Su Lucas and the Tshemba Foundation made this possible.  I worked with some of the country’s finest sonographers and radiologists. I was able to gain hands on experience on ultrasound and mammography methods and was exposed to a large number of malignant findings. I was able to assist in doing some core biopsies of possible malignancies also. During this time I realised just how un-biased cancer is. During my time in this department, I witnessed cancer being found in 5 different women, from 5 different age groups as well as different ethnic groups. This strengthened the importance of early detection and just confirmed the importance of what we do at the Hlokomela Women’s Clinic. Teaching self-examination has become one of our core educational tools. If you know your breast, you will know when something is not right.

Student volunteer

We have been fortunate to have Megan Hadley work with us during July. Megan has just completed her first year of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, USA. Megan works under the mentorship of Dr Susan Harvey, who heads the Mammography Department at the University. Megan’s main objective at Hlokomela was to improve and implement patient record and tracing systems within the women’s clinic. She did a very good job and implementation of the systems she created has already improved our operations.

Officially opened!

The Women’s Clinic was officially opened on July 7, 2017. Although the clinic has been in operation for some time before, we had a small function with a beautiful ribbon cutting.

Stats

Since May 8, 2017 we have seen 67 women for breast ultrasound screening, of whom approximately 80% are on anti-retroviral treatment and are at a higher risk of developing breast pathology than any given HIV negative person.

Coming up

We are planning some awareness outreaches within our local communities during August in celebration of Women’s Month! May we reach, educate and inspire many more women in the coming months.

Sonja Botha and Megan Hadley
Sonja Botha and Megan Hadley

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Staff Nurse, Sonja Botha (right), in training.
Staff Nurse, Sonja Botha (right), in training.

Firstly I would like to introduce myself. I’m Sonja Botha. I have been in nursing for the past 11 years. I have a passion for women’s health and I am super excited to be involved in this life changing program. I started at Hlokomela on 19 April 2017 and will be responsible for the women’s health facility.  It’s a privilege to report on the latest developments relating to breast cancer screening ultrasounds at Hlokomela in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa!

 In May 2017 I started receiving sonography training from Dr Su Lucas (radiologist) specific to breasts, to enable me to effectively use the ultrasound unit, acquired with your donations through GlobalGiving, in the screening process. It has been a wonderful experience and I enjoy every moment of this amazing program. After I became involved with Hlokomela’s women’s health program, I realised that the need in our communities for this type of screening is huge. This program provides an essential service to people in a community where it was previously unavailable. 

 At Hlokomela’s first open day on 5 May 2017, the brand new women’s health clinic was introduced to the public. The facility is sponsored by the Tshemba Foundation. The building is situated behind the main wellness clinic and has 2 consultation rooms, a kitchen and a toilet. One of the consultation rooms is our dedicated ultrasound room where we will be doing breast cancer screening for all female patients. This would not be possible without you, our donors! We are investigating the option of making this a paid-for-service for those who can afford to pay, in order to generate some funds to make the project sustainable in the long run.

 It is our mission to make this type of early detection screening accessible to each woman who enters our clinics. We have been screening women daily and Dr Su Lucas and I communicate regularly. As our referring doctor, she assists us in diagnosis and confirmations of findings. This enables us to manage follow-ups and refer patients if treatment / further action is required.

 During the reporting period we did breast ultrasound scans for 22 patients, 3 of whom were referred to the doctor with abnormalities that were detected during the scan.

Hlokomela staff and ultrasound specialists.
Hlokomela staff and ultrasound specialists.
Roof of new Women's Health Facility going up.
Roof of new Women's Health Facility going up.

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Hlokomela's new ultrasound machine!
Hlokomela's new ultrasound machine!

At last, our very own ultrasound machine!

First of all, thank you to you, our donors, for enabling us to take this project from strength to strength. Without your support none of the amazing achievements we’ve made so far would have been possible.

Breast cancer screening is now available at Hlokomela Clinic! This is exciting news for our area as women in this part of South Africa are often not diagnosed with breast cancer until it is too late to treat. More than 3000 women die every year in South Africa due to breast cancer.

During December we took a major leap forward with this project when our very own ultrasound machine, which we bought with GlobalGiving funds (your donations!), was delivered to Hlokomela Clinic. Tanya Reynolds, an application specialist at Malaika Medical and Dr Su Lucas, a radiologist from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hosptial in Johannesburg, trained our nurses on how to do breast examinations with the machine. The training was made possible through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) and the radiology department at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and builds on training that our nurses received earlier this year.

Taking on breast cancer screening as another full time service offered at Hlokomela clinic is however asking a lot of nurses who are already booked back to back for consultations. Therefore we hope to add a dedicated women’s health extension to the clinic. Here a dedicated nurse will do breast cancer as well as cervical cancer screening.

This is all very exciting for us at Hlokomela! GlobalGiving has indirectly given us the opportunity to work with different health and learning institutions on the very same project. What a wonderful added bonus this is to being part of the GG network! Currently, staff at Johns Hopkins University and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York are partnering on how they can send Hlokomela trained volunteers to help with the implementation of our women’s health services.

We’ll keep you up to date with all the exciting developments at Hlokomela!

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Hoedspruit Training Trust

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Christine du Preez
Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa
$71,800 raised of $90,000 goal
 
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