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!