Our Clinic Staff

On Average, we see about 40 patients a day in our clinc at Zandspruit.

The Clinic

Patients can schedule appointments to limit their waiting time.

Educating Patients

Calsses are held daily to assist our patients in achieving healthier lifestyles.

Our Community Garden

Ladies within the community tend to our gardens. The produce is sold to local businesses.

Patient Interview with Tshuma

The HOPE Staff had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of our patients, Tshuma, to talk about his experience at the HOPE Centre. 

Tell us about yourself and your connection to the Hope Centre
I live with Diabetes and Hypertension. I discovered that I was unwell when I was admitted to hospital in 2013 and was informed that my diagnosis was Diabetes. My leg was amputated as a way of containing Diabetes. I spent a long time recovering there before I was discharged and referred to Zandspruit Clinic. The local clinic referred me further to Project HOPE clinic in the same year.

What has your experience at the Hope Centre been like?
After a number of consultations and treatment for almost a year at the HOPE clinic, I feel well and happy as result of Project Hope services. I recommend Project Hope clinic and its support services to people I know, to visit the HOPE clinic. I keep telling them how helpful the clinic has been to me. I am confident to tell them about my conditions and what to eat too. 

What makes the Hope Centre different?
The difference I notice between HOPE Centre and other Health facilities is that Project HOPE staff cares for people. There are no long queues that you find at other clinics. They don’t just give medication but they educate patients as well on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through programs such as the 5 Steps to Self Care. 

What have you learnt as a result of coming to the Hope Centre?
Things that I’ve learnt about my conditions are: Diabetes kills if it is ignored and hypertension can even cause stroke. I have also learned how important it is to take care of myself while I have this NCD, to get checked-up regularly, as well as to take medication accordingly. 

Nutrition Program Update

In August 2014, Project HOPE partnered with Fodisong Community Health Centre and the Rotary Club of Sandton to bring food supplements for patients in need in both Zandspruit and Itsoseng.  Our nurses refer patients into the program, and we monitor clinical outcomes, medication adherence, and overall wellbeing (using the WHO-5 Questionnaire) for all participants. Since August, we've continued to distribute food supplements, such as e-pap, e-spread, soya mince & maize meal, to 45 patients on a bi-weekly basis.  Alongside the supplements, patients receive nutrition education.

Connecting Hearts

In October 2014, Project HOPE South Africa partnered with Eli Lilly and Company to bring a wonderful group of 10 volunteers to Zandspruit through the Connecting Hearts Abroad program. The volunteers brought both passion and expertise to projects in support of the work of the Lilly NCD partnership with Project HOPE in Zandspruit.  This was Project HOPE South Africa’s second year of involvement in the Connecting Hearts Abroad program and was the best yet!

Volunteer projects focused on nutrition and exercise for NCD patients, health promotion events in the community, training for community health workers, and initiating improvements to M&E systems for the NCD project.

Through the program this year, the Lilly volunteers successfully made a lasting impact on the NCD partnership in Zandspruit. We sincerely appreciate both the opportunity to participate as a Connecting Hearts Abroad program partner and the individual efforts of each of the outstanding volunteers.

World Diabetes Day Success

300  Zandspruit residents participated in our WDD event held on Saturday 15 November.  Treatment was initiated for 12 new patients with diabetes or hypertension.

Services provided to residents:
  • Screenings for Diabetes, Hypertension TB, HIV and cancers (Prostate, Breast & Cervical)
  • Eye exams
  • Dental Exams
  • Circumcision counselling and bookings
  • Enrollment in Project HOPE’s patients support and prevention programs

As well as:
  • Traditional dance performances
  • Group exercise sessions
  • Kids activities

Thank you to our partners who supported the event:
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Right to Care
  • City of Johannesburg
  • WITS Dental
  • University of Pretoria

And to our staff, especially WDD project manager Refilwe Maseko, who made the event a success!

Hot off the Press

The bi-annual HOPE Centre Newsletter is now available online -- read it here.  Always access the latest newsletter under the "About Us" tab here on our blog.

In This Issue

  • Partnering with government: Project HOPE trains community health workers in Itsoseng
  • Nutrition Program launched in Itsoseng & Zandspruit
  • Health education team making a big impact with patient self-care and prevention programs
  • Project HOPE South Africa hosts Eli Lilly Connecting Hearts volunteers