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Hlayisekani: a fund to support frontline healthcare workers in rural Mpumalanga

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Who are we?

We are Jacques Du Toit and Bianca Moffett (known to many as Jac and Bee). We are a medical doctor couple with a passion for rural medicine and public health. We met at UCT, spent the first 5 years of our married life working together in the Eastern Cape, and both received Chevening scholarships to complete an MSc in public health related fields at LSHTM last year. We arrived back in SA in December and have been working at the MRC/Wits-Agincourt (a public health unit) in rural Mpumalanga since January 2020. Since The end of March, we have been coordinating a COVID-19 response in the Bushbuckridge subdistrict.

What are we fundraising for?

Hlayisekani means “Be Safe” in Xitsonga.

The inevitability of the spread of COVID-19 to our community and the lack of health systems preparedness became increasingly apparent to us in early March. We got worried, really worried. And then we decided the only rational, ethical, and responsible thing we could do was to kick into action and be proactive about implementing preparedness measures at our hospital and surrounding clinics. We have made some wonderful partnerships and have named our team the “Hlayisekani Bushbuckridge (BBR) Initiative” to reflect the collaboration between the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit, the Tshemba Foundation, Tintswalo Hospital and Bushbuckridge Primary Healthcare Clinic staff. Nevertheless, it is a monumental task, in a short space of time, and we need your help.

Our strategic plan has evolved to include the following key objectives:

  1. Ensure that guidelines for the management of COVID-19 are “rural-proof” (locally adapted and contextually implementable).
  2. Design and implement training packages and educational resources (posters, guidelines, videos, workshops) for:
    1. District Hospitals
    2. Primary Healthcare Clinics
  3. Work with hospital and clinic management teams to:
    1. Supervise and support the implementation of COVID-19 guidelines
    2. Ensure essential COVID-19 resources are procured, managed, and dispensed appropriately.
    3. Ensure that designated isolation areas are set up
    4. Ensure that appropriate data monitoring mechanisms are put into place
  4. Empower hospital, clinic, and fieldwork staff to conduct patient and broader community COVID-19 health awareness initiatives
  5. Engage with Department of Health, CDC, NICD representatives and COVID Response Teams from Ehlanzeni District and Mpumalanga Province to ensure harmonisation of guidelines and directives.
  6. Collaborate with local organisations and individuals addressing the health, social, economic impacts of COVID-19 in our region, including the Greater Kruger COVID-19 Response Initiative, and Hoedspruit Helping Health workers (Cloth Mask Project)

Why crowdfunding?

The global COVID-19 pandemic is going to affect all of us everywhere in some way, but the health and socioeconomic impacts are likely to be worse in low resource areas, and we know there are plenty of people out there that want to help where they can!

How will funds raised be used?

We are raising funds to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. Since starting in mid-March we have since expanded our reach to include all 40 clinics in the BBR subdistrict as well as their 3 referral hospitals – Tintswalo, Mapulaneng, and Matikwana. We realise that to effect meaningful assistance, providing PPE alone will not be enough. We have thus spent considerable time developing and implementing clear standard operating procedures on the use of PPE in the hospitals & clinics, rolling out staff training, and providing support to the facilities to better manage and utilise scarce resources. We aim to therefore distribute PPE more broadly in the BBR area as emergency relief when the need arises.

What has happened thus far and how have the funds been used?

Thanks to your generous support Phase One of our funding plan has gone extremely well. We have to date raised a large portion of the initial target and the funds have since been allocated to the procurement of essential personal protective equipment (PPE). We have revised the budget to acknowledge our initial aim to raise money for increasing bed capacity and address food parcels was well beyond our scope of expertise, but also being covered by projects already underway. We have thus diverted all our funding toward the acquisition of PPE to address this vital resource more meaningfully.

What impact do we hope to create?

Your contribution could play a vital role in reducing the spread of COVID-19, increasing capacity to care for patients, maintaining the safety, hope and morale of frontline healthcare workers, and sending the message to the Bushbuckridge community that somebody does care!

How will funds be administered?

This is a private fund to support frontline healthcare workers working in rural Mpumalanga. Funds will be received and administered directly by Back-a-Buddy. We will provide all funders with a report of all funds received and how they were used.

Find out more, follow our progress, stay in touch, and share our pages with your social networks:

For a link to a brief description of the areas we have covered, and work done thus far, please click here.

Through our wix blog: Hlayisekani:Updates from the Tintswalo/Wits COVID Response Team

Follow our Facebook Page: Hlayisekani

Watch and like our Hlayisekani Support Fund YouTube video

Or email us at [email protected]

Or WhatsApp Bianca: +27730091410

With our sincere gratitude

Jac and Bee

*As per the campaign creator's request, where possible, funds raised will be transferred directly to the relevant medical organisation/supplier/retailer.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donations

  • May 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "all our love and strength to you " - June and Sandy

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 58.04
  • "Sending along my wishes for health and safety for the whole team." - Molly Rosenberg

  • May 08, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Hlayisekani... love and strength to you guys and the community. " - Rose & Peter

  • May 04, 2020 - R 50 000.00
  • "

    We are happy to support frontline healthworkers

    " - Ball Family Foundation

  • May 01, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Keep up the amazing work!" - Helena

  • May 01, 2020 - R 2 500.00
  • "Well done and wishing your frontline teams a safe & healthy outcome! " - Mick

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 105.50
  • "Best wishes from a fellow medic at this most difficult time" - Dr Nick Kearsley

  • Apr 28, 2020 - USD $ 5.32
  • "Sending you all my strength and courage, friends! Big love, June" - June

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 27.79
  • "Amazing work in a special place" - Jono

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 390.66
  • "Fantastic work Bee, Jac and team." - Alan and Sandy

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 9.12
  • "You are doing an amazing job! Thank you!" - Nicole

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 56.08
  • "Dear Bianca and Jacques you are doing an amazing thing, keep safe and thank you.xx" - Penny Goodrem

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 555.39
  • "Thank you for your leadership and dedication" - Laura Rose

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Thanks for the work you're doing. Stay safe

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Regards Leen & Diet Mulckhuyse

    " - Leen & Diet

  • Apr 18, 2020 - USD $ 81.02
  • "Keep safe" - Jay Kaye

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Proud of you " - Roberto Nastri

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Great initiative, thank you!" - Neil

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Thank you for your commitment" - Ally Hewitt

  • Apr 16, 2020 - USD $ 53.41
  • "Thank you so much for this very important work! Best of luck! " - Aimée & Kris

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work on the front lines, always but especially during these trying times. " - Kelli

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tom Goedecke

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you" - C & G

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Thank you for your hard work!

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    May God bless and protect all the hands involved in this project and the lives that it touches!

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 4 012.00
  • "

    God bless

    " - Stephan & Annerie

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work to prepare “The Frontline” - truly appreciated! " - Nicola & Martin

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 99.60
  • "-" - Dr. Owen Kahn & Elaine Weiss

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 124.49
  • "Thanks for you wonderful work. " - Berenice and Errol Rushovich

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 583.79
  • "Wir waren schon öfters in SA und haben mit JAM Kindergärten in Townships gebaut. Wir lieben SA mit seinen Menschen. God bless you!!" - Gisela Kutasi-Aigeldinger

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 75.11
  • "Amazing work! " - Ayesha Kumararatne

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 8 925.00
  • "Collective effort will succeed. Be safe. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 26 250.00
  • "With Easter blessings to a wonderful initiative " - Anonymous

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "You guys are doing amazing work." - Anonymous

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "We're happy to support you in this local initiative to assist the front line workers in your area. We also pray that the folks in the area stay healthy and don't get infected. " - P Smiths

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 105.50
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Clifford and Mary Bierman

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 58.04
  • "Thinking of you all at Tshemba and Tintswalo, well done for coordinating this response!" - Kate Meyer

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "Thank you for your work and service. " - Gawie

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 105.50
  • "Thank you for your work! Prayers. Be safe. God Bless" - Jim

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 29.01
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Great work guys! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 57.47
  • "Good luck and thank you!! " - Audrey, Mark and Family

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck and all the best!" - F MCLACHLAN

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 114.93
  • "Good luck and stay safe" - Monica Sabatucci

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 11.49
  • "Good luck! This sounds like an amazing venture. Well done." - Marie Joubert

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 52.15
  • "Keep up the good work - and keep yourselves safe" - Rob B

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Awesome initiative good luck ! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    God bless your work

    " - Anon

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    Your spirit for caring is beautiful

    " - Rod Potter

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Proud of our community. Wishing you all the best! " - Romy

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 50 012.00
  • "

    Love and light to all you superheroes

    " - VJ Kara Charitable Trust

  • Apr 07, 2020 - USD $ 111.87
  • "We are all brothers and sisters in this struggle against coronavirus. God bless you all!" - Drs. Tom Gaziano and Andrea Reilly

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thanks for the hard work!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "We really appreciate the work that you’re doing. We know you both and have great faith in your abilities. Stay safe" - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2020 - USD $ 167.80
  • "this good work will have long term benefit" - the twine

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for all you are doing on the frontline" - Esther

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for all your good work

    " - Tilly Pillay

  • Apr 07, 2020 - USD $ 279.67
  • "Keep up the great work to serve your community efficiently and proactively during this crazy time. I commend and thank you for your efforts! Much love." - Samuel Meehan

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Well done and good luck with your proactive measures

    " - Ian M

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Thanks for the work that you are doing. Stay safe

    " - Alan & Yvette

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Fantastic initiative.

    " - Deborah and Max

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 31 500.00
  • "With our best wishes for the challenge ahead " - Family

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Such amazing people doing amazing work and making a difference. Thank you and wishing you all good health, success & happiness." - Mum Karen

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 52 500.00
  • "

    Good Luck

    " - Tim (credit card)

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 189.90
  • "Wishing you all well" - Arlene and Peter Rosenthal

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 113.78
  • "Well done for the work you all are doing!" - du Preez

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 56.15
  • "wishing you good luck and strong nerves" - Eckhard

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 561.49
  • "I very much hope it will not hit you hard at once. It is an up hill battle. Much energy and courage!" - Doris Schopper

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Amazing work!

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Thanks so much for all you are doing for our country!!

    " - Gene & James

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 5 012.00
  • "

    Thank you for caring for your local community

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work!

    " - Janine Berrington

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 812.00
  • "

    Keep safe and well!

    " - Ale

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Sounds like you are doing some amazing work. Hang in there in the tough times. Praying for you & your community workers. From a friend of your aunt! " - Nikki

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Gotta stand together!

    " - Dr Birtles

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "

    Hlayisekani... love and strength to you guys and the community.

    " - Rose & Peter

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "The work the Team is doing is invaluable. Thank you" - Merryl & Kevin Flynn

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thinking of you all - Nicola" - Nicola Kruger

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great work Ben and Dani! Praying for our frontline medical workers! Sending much love x" - Nats

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 56.15
  • "Thanks for this great initiative. Thinking of all of our friends in Acornhoek and Agincourt." - Sam and Clarissa Clark

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 58.95
  • "Thank you J and B. Thinking of the Bushbuckridge community and sending love." - Jules NeSmith

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Great initiative!!" - Jacques

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 21 000.00
  • "

    With our love & compassion from mom & dad.

    " - Credit Card Donation

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 21 000.00
  • "

    With our love & compassion from mom & dad.

    " - Credit Card Donation

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 13 216.00
  • "

    Keep fighting the good fight! Bushbuckridge Mpumalanga is lucky to have you guys!

    " - Nic, Matt, Chris, Nikki, Anna and Suzie

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 50 012.00
  • "

    Thank you for all you’re doing to serve

    " - Tim

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "Thank you for all the work you’re doing! Thuma Mina. " - Amy Vieler

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 1 260.00
  • "Thank you may you all stay strong and safe xx " - anonymous

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 79.83
  • "Thanks for your dedication and commitment to helping manage this crisis. You are saving lives." - Lisa Tollman and Brian Lotterman

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 224.60
  • "We're pleased to support the wonderful work you're doing. Thank you!" - Peter and Linda Kaplan/Tollman

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 56.15
  • "Well done and good luck! " - Leons

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 308.82
  • "Such a worthy cause! May it go from strength to strength." - Ka&Ba

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 56.15
  • "Great work, best of luck " - Hugo & Flossy

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "" - F and S

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 16.85
  • "Well done for getting in front of the outbreak and good luck!" - Heather Wagner

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "I pray you will reach your target and more!!" - Di

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Thank you, I work with many people from this community and know what they are currently going through, particularly those in tourism whose source of income disappeared overnight. All the best." - Tom V

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "For the love of Tintswalo and surrounds....." - Lee Randall

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 171.07
  • "You are all doing wonderful things" - Trevor and Michele

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 8 400.00
  • "With love and best wishes to all involved. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 5.71
  • "Wish I could give more! Praying for every health care professional!! " - Mariaan Prins

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Go team!" - Ali

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "In this together" - Colleague

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 540.52
  • "Stay save Amazone work" - A. Mulckhuyse

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 6.57
  • "Good luck and keep safe" - Faye

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 13.16
  • "Good Luck!" - Lyn

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 30.47
  • "Stay safe - wishing you all the best of luck." - Cara

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 11.40
  • "Good luck and stay safe " - Susie

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 6.57
  • "Best wishes to all x" - Amy

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 54.05
  • "Good luck and stay safe - from a physiotherapist in England" - Lara

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "In solidarity " - Ulrich and Jo Mennen

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Together we can do this! " - Bianca Moffett & Jacques Du Toit

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Stay safe and keep up the good work!" - Jenny

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 11.40
  • "Be safe" - Anon

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative. Pray for your safety" - Penny Wieffering

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for the initiative and the hard work" - Tash

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "May you all remain strong & in good health for this huge challenge " - Ilse

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 199.99
  • "You two are such amazing people. Good luck to you both and your team. Love Caro and Rik " - Caro and Rik leighton

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 11.40
  • "What’s great initiative. Good luck at reaching your goal!" - Anon

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "We rooting for you guys. Stay strong!" - Steph and Harold

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hang in there awesome people." - peter speed

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 57.02
  • "Amazing work. Keep it up guys! " - Julia & Max

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thanks for you you dedicated service to our community" - Caro Holland

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 28.52
  • "Thinking of you and the people of Bushbuckridge" - Emma

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "stand tall, you are legends, we are with u" - anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "God bless you guys! " - Hannes Lourens

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 28.52
  • "Love this. " - Tracy

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "May God bless each one of you. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you all for your effort" - André and Herma

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the excellent work" - Suzanne Sachse

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for being selfless God Bless" - P saib

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 640.28
  • "Great initiative... Don't forget to re-use / clean those precious P2/N05 masks!!!" - Christopher Allen

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 58.68
  • "Thanks for the hard work!" - Hillary Skeffington

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 58.68
  • "Keeping you in my thoughts." - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 1 085.62
  • "A terrific initiative! Well done and good luck!" - Martin & Nicola

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 54.28
  • "Good luck!!! Sending you love and support ⭐️" - Julia Dunn

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 21.10
  • "Thanks for the brilliant and brave work you are doing!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Full sails and fair winds" - Cinzia

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 59.20
  • "power to the (health care) people" - robert dunn

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "All the best and stay safe!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great initiative and wishing you all luck during this time! " - Michelle

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 293.40
  • "With love and respect " - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 176.04
  • "Good luck guys" - Jen

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 29.34
  • "Good luck to you all during this challenging time. Stay strong and stay safe!" - Kazim

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 11.73
  • "With much love to the BBR community" - Tara

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "Well done on this bold initiative and best wishes to you all for the road ahead." - Loreen & Kevin

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "For dr. Gurland, past and present :)" - Yaron Levite

  • Apr 02, 2020 - USD $ 29.34
  • "Most excellent cause for a place close to our hearts " - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Go wild dog go! " - Ben

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys - the sum of this initiative all similar efforts will make a huge difference" - anonymous

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The Hlayisekani Bushbuckridge Initiative urgently needs our help to prepare their rural hospitals and clinics for the inevitable spread of COVID-19. In the weeks to come they need to train healthcare workers and procure and disseminate much needed Personal Protective Equipment for their healthcare workers.