St Lucia, known as Rural Zululand is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa. The population of KwaZulu-Natal has been devastated by the effects of poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We work within the communities with trained care givers and other community care givers, we help to alleviate the suffering of the bedridden or those who cannot get to the clinic by administering medical care to elderly and chronic patients in their own homes on a regular basis.
Many local clinics have a lack of medication, meaning patients are queuing for long periods to may or may not get their medication. The rural layout of the villages coupled with scarce and unreliable public transport that most people cannot afford anyway, means that patients only choice is to walk to the clinic. Often the sick, injured and elderly are simply unable to manage this, and as a result do not receive the medical treatment they desperately need.
By working within the communities with trained care givers, we help to alleviate the suffering of the bedridden or those who cannot get to the clinic by administering medical care to elderly and chronic patients in their own homes on a regular basis through the medical program. Through home assistance, a nutrition program, physio visits, home based care, supports groups and transport to the clinics we enable the care these patients desperately need.
Improving the general health of the community and passing on knowledge of positive and healthy living to the people will greatly improve the quality of life of the people living in the rural communities surrounding St Lucia. We help by educating people through these projects, a ripple effect will occur and eventually create a more health conscious community.