Save Our Salaries
- By: Sue Peiser
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/save-our-salaries
PLAY YOUR PART IN THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19 – SUPPORT OUR FRONTLINERS
Witkoppen Clinic, an NGO in Fourways, has a team of frontliners who are risking their lives on a daily basis fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic. They include doctors, nurses, a psychologist and counsellors.
In addition to operating at our clinic, our counsellors also go out into the community and knock on doors if necessary to screen as many of the community as possible. In April, 5 700 patients were screened at the clinic itself, plus in only one week 23 000 people out in the community areas such as Diepsloot, Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park were screened, of whom 100 were referred for Covid-19 testing.
Witkoppen Clinic fills the gap in the North of Johannesburg as there is no hospital in the area to provide medical and social services to the poor.
This is home to 1.4 million people, some of whom are the poorest of the poor, with limited resources, such as running water, sanitation and electricity. Overcrowding, poverty, hunger, especially now that their means of earning money to put food on the table have been reduced by lockdown, and the anger at living from hand to mouth, are daily realities.
These are our patients whom our doctors, nurses and counsellors work with.
The clinic urgently needs R2 million to fund our team to enable them to do their critical work.
We also give our patients masks, sanitisers and, when we can, blankets and food parcels as well. The number of patients Witkoppen Clinic attends to per day is in the order of 500, many of whom are mothers and children. With self-distancing and a maximum of 100 permitted in the clinic itself at any given time, the queue of patients waiting to be treated outside the clinic snakes along William Nicol Drive daily.
Witkoppen Clinic’s challenge now is to keep doing what it has been doing for over 70 years – offering our patients first-class clinical care at an affordable cost. It has fought against the HIV epidemic for many years. Now it is doing its utmost to contribute to overcoming, with the help of your generous donations, the Covid-19 pandemic.
Witkoppen Clinic is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and therefore contributions enjoy Section 18 Tax Exempt status.
- Jul 03, 2020 - R 500.00
- "Wishing your dedicated team strength and courage during this particularly difficult time. You do sterling work. Stay safe, stay healthy." - Janet
- Jul 01, 2020 - R 1 000.00
- "We admire strong and courageous teachers." - Elizabeth
- Jun 26, 2020 - USD $ 149.42
- "Thank you for the tremendous with you all are doing to help the people in need. " - Niels Ruddy Hansen
- Jun 23, 2020 - R 100.00
- "Thanks for all the hard work!" - Dagmar
- Jun 04, 2020 - R 1 000.00
- "Ruth and Philip Ginsburg" - Ruth Ginsburg
- Jun 02, 2020 - R 10 000.00
- "You are doing a phenomenal job!" - Adi Enthoven
- Jun 02, 2020 - R 500.00
Stay strong and keep up the wonderful work youre doing." - Suzanne Denicker
- May 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
- "Thank you for your dedication" - Pauline Fulton
- May 26, 2020 - R 525.00
- "A donation to a worthy cause!" - JOHN MYBURGH
- May 26, 2020 - R 500.00
Good cause" - Owen Cook
- May 25, 2020 - R 500.00
- "Thank you for your efforts and sacrifices!" - Bankole Ubogu
- May 22, 2020 - R 20 000.00
- "Such important work." - Steven Jell
- May 22, 2020 - USD $ 27.98
- "Doing God's work. Thank you" - Justin Spratt
- May 21, 2020 - R 500.00
- "You are our super heroes. None of us is safe until all of us is safe!" - Lisa and Chris
- May 19, 2020 - R 1 000.00
- "Here's hoping this will help courageous people" - Wendi
- May 19, 2020 - R 200.00
- "All the best" - Annett Family
- May 11, 2020 - R 500.00
I SALUTE YOU ALL. BEST SUE" - SUSAN PEISER
Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre
Witkoppen Health and Welfare Witkoppen Clinic is a comprehensive primary healthcare clinic with social welfare services situated in the far northern suburbs of Johannesburg and also providing community outreach services to informal settlements such as Diepsloot. It is a well-established NPO which started in 1946 and has specialized in responding to the multiple medical, social and psychological needs of these marginalized vulnerable populations. Our coverage is 1,4 million people who mostly live in overcrowded shacks of 4-6 people sharing 1 or maybe 2 rooms with no windows for ventilation with no running water, outside or communal latrines and no electricity. Unemployment exceeded 30% and would have worsened as a result of lockdown, food is scarce and the migrant population exceeds 35% as foreigners flock to the “city of gold” for employment opportunities.
At our clinic facility, Witkoppen offers acute, curative and chronic disease management services which include: antenatal services, post-natal care and immunization, family planning and well-women services, HIV and TB care and treatment, nutritional advice and supplementation, mental health services, dental services, poverty alleviation with food distribution, statutory crisis intervention to protect children and an in-house pharmacy. Our community-based interventions include an orphan and vulnerable children’s project and HIV counselling and testing and TB screening project. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, a dietician, pharmacists and counsellors. HIV counselling and testing services and TB symptom screening are routine within all medical service entry points. We directly impact the lives of more than 100 000 people annually.